By Mark Twain
The eagerly-awaited quantity 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain’s existence, uncovering the various roles he performed in his inner most and public worlds. full of his attribute mix of humor and ire, the narrative levels without problems around the modern scene. He stocks his perspectives on writing and talking, his preoccupation with cash, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by way of turns, his intractable interest and candor are in all places on view.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith
affiliate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon okay. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick
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It was a pity that that lady hadn’t penetration enough to realize that this was a good time to drop the matter, or change the subject. But no, she had no more presence of mind than I should have had in her place. There was a pair of us there. She was out of presence of mind, and I couldn’t help her because I was out of it too. She didn’t know what to say, so she said the wrong thing. She said, “Why, don’t you remember Mrs. ” I didn’t know what to say, and so I said the wrong thing. I exposed the fact that I didn’t remember that name.
And so once more my exposition of what the American gentleman should be got suppressed. Now then all this has been fortunate. Still, all good things come to him who waits. I have waited, because I couldn’t help it, but my reward has come just the same. I don’t have to say, now, what the American gentleman should be—the whole ground can be covered with half a sentence, and an hour’s laborious talk saved by just stating what the American gentleman is. He is Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States.
Nobody complained, for he was prodigiously popular. He had been a stage-driver in his early days in New York or New England, and had acquired the habit of remembering names and faces, and of making himself agreeable to his passengers. As a politician this had been valuable to him, and he kept his arts in good condition by practice. By the time he had been Governor a year, he had shaken hands with every human being in the Territory of Nevada, and after that he always knew these people instantly at sight and could call them by name.