Who but a man with an unassailable reputation would dare to make game of his constituents in such fashion as is here done?
--when there's business in it.
At breakfast I occupied my usual seat--selected because it afforded a view of papa Fuller's face, and was near enough for me to hear the talk that went on at his table. Seventy-five or a hundred people were in the room, and all discussing that item, and saying they hoped the seeker would find that rascal and remove the pollution of his presence from the town--with a rail, or a bullet, or something.
When Fuller came in he had the Notice to Leave--folded up--in one hand, and the newspaper in the other; and it gave me more than half a pang to see him. His cheerfulness was all gone, and he looked old and pinched and ashy. And then--only think of the things he had to listen to! Mamma, he heard his own unsuspecting friends describe him with epithets and characterizations drawn from the very dictionaries and phrase-books of Satan's own authorized editions down below. And more than that, he had to agree with the verdicts and applaud them. His applause tasted bitter in his
Mark Twain is always exceptional, even when he is not at his best he is exceptional. This is a novella of pure satire and much dry humor. Twain mocks Sherlock Holmes and his scientific methods in this remarkable little book. Also in the midst of the story he introduces himself answering correspondence concerning his work. What a strange and wonderful little story. If you love Mark Twain read this, should you not love Twain reexamine your literary taste. Four stars
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