A family sketch and other private writings by Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy;

By Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy; Griffin, Benjamin; Twain, Mark

This e-book publishes, for the 1st time in complete, the 2 such a lot revealing of Mark Twain’s deepest writings. right here he turns his brain to the lifestyle he shared along with his spouse Livy, their 3 daughters, a very good many servants, and a majestic array of pets. those first-hand bills reveal this talented and loving kin within the interval of its flourishing.

Mark Twain started to write “A relations comic strip” in line with the early dying of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew below his fingers to develop into an exuberant account of the whole family. His checklist of the young ones’ sayings—“Small Foolishnesses”—is subsequent, via the similar manuscript “At the Farm.” additionally incorporated are choices from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative variation of Susy’s biography of her father, written whilst she was once undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a distinct checklist of a desirable family.

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He was the peace-maker in the kitchen—in fact the peace keeper, for by his good sense and right spirit and mollifying tongue he adjusted disputes in that quarter before they reached the quarrel-point. The materials for war were all there. There was a time when we had a colored cook—Presbyterian; George—Methodist; Rosa, German nurse— Lutheran; Katy, American-Irish—Roman Catholic; Kosloffska, Pole, wet-nurse—Greek Catholic; “English Mary,” some kind of a non-conformist; yet under George’s benignant influence and capable diplomacy it was a Barnum’s Happy Family, and remained so.

He was an earnest Republican, but that was a matter to itself; he did not allow politics to intrude itself into his business. George found that in order to be able to bet intelligently upon State and National elections it was necessary to be exhaustively posted in a wide array of details competent to affect results. Experience presently wrung from him this tardy justice toward me— “Mrs. Clemens, when I used to see Mr. Clemens setting around with a pen and talking about his ‘work,’ I never said anything, it warn’t my place, but I had my opinions about that kind of language, jist the same.

No, his money came from betting. His first speculations in that field were upon horses. It was not chance-work; he did not lay a bet until he knew all that a smart and diligent person could learn about the horses that were to run and the jockeys that were to ride them; then he laid his bets fearlessly. Every day, in the Hartford racing-season, he made large winnings; and while he waited at breakfast next morning he allowed the fact and the amount to escape him casually. Mainly for Susy’s benefit, who had been made to believe that betting was immoral, and she was always trying to wean George from it, and was constantly being beguiled, by his arts, into thinking his reform was imminent, and likely to happen at any moment.

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