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Date: 17 August 2018


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Post No. 5332


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Mark Twain, cherishing his comfort above his appearance, was very often wont to visit his friends and neighbours without wearing either a collar or a tie. His wife objected strenuously to this habit and, meeting him one day returning from a neighbourly visit without any sign of a collar or tie, scolded him soundly.

Mark returned home, searched out a collar and tie, wrapped them and sent them to the neighbours house with the following note,
“A little while ago I visited you without my collar and tie for about half an hour. The missing articles are enclosed. Will you kindly gaze at them for 30 minutes and then return them to me?”

Mark Twain profile
American Children’s Writer
Born Nov.30, 1835
Died Apr. 21, 1910
Age at Death 74

Mark Twain is one of America’s great humorous writers. He created two famous characters— Tom Sawyer and Hhuckleberry Finn.
Twain was born Samuel Leghorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, the fifth of six children. His father suffered ill health, and the family was poor. In 1839 they moved to Hannibal, a rapidly growing town on the Mississippi River, where Twain went to the local school. When he was 12, his father died and Twain had to leave school to find work.

At age 22 Twain became a river pilot at a time when there were 1000 boats a day on the Mississippi. He followed this trade for four years and loved it, but river traffic ended during the American civil war.
Becoming a full-time reporter in 1862, he soon began to use the pen name Mark Twain. He published his first important story at age 32 and his first successful novel, the humorous travel book The Innocents Abroad, when he was 34.

In 1870 Twain married Olivia Langdon, with whom he had five children. He wrote his classic children s stories The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in his 40s. Twain had become increasingly disillusioned by modern life and personal tragedies, and the books provided an opportunity for him to relieve the golden days of his boyhood on the Mississippi. Both stories give a realistic picture of life around the Mississippi and are full of adventure and humour. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
considered his master piece, is noted for its accurate and sympathetic depiction of adolescent life.


1867 The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches
1869 The Innocents Abroad
1872 Roughing It
1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1881 The Prince and The Pauper
1884 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1894 Pudd’nhead Wilson A Tale



In his early days in New York Floyd Odlum and his wife were invited to a dinner. The only pair of shoes he happened to own at the time were bright yellow. In order to render them appropriate to the occasion he and his wife painted them black on the day of the party. During dinner , their hostess , sniffling perplexedly, said to her son,
Charlie I smell paint. Did you upset the paint in the cellar?

A fruitless discussion ensued in which everyone spoke of the smell of paint except Odlums who protested that that they smelled nothing.



Before the birth of the son Marie Antoinette and Louise XVI, the fashion of pregnancy spread through the court. The Queens ladies in waiting wore skirts stuffed with cushions to make themselves appear enceinte; skirts of the season were created, with titles such as fourth month skirt etc their voluminousness adjusted to the progress of the Queen.




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  1. Mark Twain is a charming fellow; stories about him are endless. He teaches here a good lesson to those who are excessively attached to dress.
    A cultured person has to be properly dressed; however excessive attention to dress and the eagerness to impress others by dress and external appearance are indicative of some inner deficiency or complex. We see this trend nowadays when even old people ( very senior citizens, to be polite) imitate youngsters in dress and boisterous behaviour.
    Interestingly, Oliver Goldsmith has this to say:

    As some fair female, unadorned and plain,
    Secure to please while youth confirms her reign,
    Slights every borrowed charm that dress supplies,
    Nor shares with art the triumph of her eyes:
    But when these charms are passed, for charms are frail’
    When time advances, and when lovers fail,
    She then shines forth, solicitous to bless,
    In all the glaring impotence of dress.

    [The Deserted Village, lines 287-294]

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