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The Stolen White Elephant

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Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,737 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.6
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 3,174
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e would doubtless disguise themselves now, or go into hiding.

"Let them. They will find that when I am ready for them my hand will descend upon them, in their secret places, as unerringly as the hand of fate. As to the newspapers, we must keep in with them. Fame, reputation, constant public mention--these are the detective's bread and butter. He must publish his facts, else he will be supposed to have none; he must publish his theory, for nothing is so strange or striking as a detective's theory, or brings him so much wonderful respect; we must publish our plans, for these the journals insist upon having, and we could not deny them without offending. We must constantly show the public what we are doing, or they will believe we are doing nothing. It is much pleasanter to have a newspaper say, 'Inspector Blunt's ingenious and extraordinary theory is as follows,' than to have it say some harsh thing, or, worse still, some sarcastic one."

"I see the force of what you say. But I noticed that in one p

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2010.11.21
ronwelton
****.

Most interesting if read within the context of the late-middle nineteenth century and with an understanding of Twain's works. Still, the story is amusing even as a stand alone piece of satire.

2010.11.19
narayan
***..

very good


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