By Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy; Griffin, Benjamin; Twain, Mark
Mark Twain started to write A family members cartoon” in accordance with the early loss of life of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew less than his fingers to turn into an exuberant account of the full loved ones. His list of the children’ sayingsSmall Foolishnesses”is subsequent, by means of the comparable manuscript At the Farm.” additionally integrated are decisions from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative variation of Susy’s biography of her father, written while she used to be undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a different checklist of a desirable family.
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I was outraged, then—apparently—and turned upon him and said, indignantly— “You-u-u—scoundrel! You knew that all the time? ” It was George’s turn to be staggered, and he was. He said, remorsefully— “Mr. Clemens, as I’m a standing here I never seen it in that light before! I was a going to take it out of the wrong ones, that hadn’t ever done me any harm—I never thought of that before! ” On our way up town that day in New York I turned in at the Century building, and made George go up with me. The array of clerks in the great counting-room glanced up with curiosity—a white man and a negro walking together was a new spectacle to them.
Both children had good heads, but not equipped in the same way; Susy, when her spirit was at rest, was reflective, dreamy, spiritual, Clara was at all times alert, enterprising, business-like, earthy, orderly, practical. Some one said Susy was made of mind, Clara of matter—a generalization justified by appearances, at the time, but unjust to Clara, as the years by and by proved. In her early years Clara quite successfully concealed some of the most creditable elements of her make-up. Susy was sensitive, shrinking; and in danger timid; Clara was not shrinking, not timid, and she had a liking for risky ventures.
She was full of life, full of activity, full of fire, her waking hours were a crowding and hurrying procession of enthusiasms, with each one in its turn differing from the others in origin, subject and aspect. Joy, sorrow, anger, remorse, storm, sunshine, rain, darkness—they were all there: they came in a moment, and were gone as quickly. Her approval was passionate, her disapproval the same, and both were prompt. Her affections were strong, and toward some her love was of the nature of worship.
A family sketch and other private writings by Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy; Griffin, Benjamin; Twain, Mark