A Horse's Tale

By Mark Twain

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...Transcribed from the 1907 Harper and Brothers edition by David Price,
email ccx074@pglaf.org

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...most of what I know, my mother taught me much, and I taught
myself the rest....

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...muscle and lightning in his blood.

My father was a bronco. Nothing as to lineage—that...

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...has never seen her. He is a very nice
old bachelor, but is an old...

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...in the knowledge that the fruitage of her patriotic labors was as
rich as even she...

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...heart. But she will be happy with you, and if your heart is old...

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...the flare? She’s beautiful, mother,
beautiful as a picture; and there is a touch of...

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...dear, just paradise! Oh, if you could
only see it! everything so wild and lovely;...

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...up and shining bright and vivid in the sun, and sometimes
an eagle sailing by them,...

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...that’s hand-made, and if you should cover him
all up but his star you would know...

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...formal military ceremonies of
their own invention—solemnities is the truer word; solemnities that were
so profoundly solemn...

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...taught her seventeen
ways of breaking her neck, but twenty-two ways of avoiding it. He...

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...at any rate; as regards
that, there is no room for dispute.

Cathy thinks Dorcas is the...

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...times, at that.”

“Allegory? What is an allegory?”

“I don’t know, Marse Tom, it’s one of...

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...Then she eased her mind with this retort: “Marse
Tom, she makes you do anything she...

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...content; your niece is
loyal to her allegiance: her mother laid deep the foundations of her...

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...herself of
this speech, most feelingly:

“Oh, if I was permitted a vice it would be the...

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...to the indignity of hobbles, like myself and the rest. Would
you tell me your...

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...tossed her up in the air about thirty feet and caught her as she
came down,...

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...And he said, ‘Take Soldier Boy, and don’t pass him back
till I ask for him!’...

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...blue and white silks and satins and velvets;
tights, trunks, sword, doublet with slashed sleeves, short...

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...a very solemn
ceremony, and everybody must stand uncovered when the flag goes by, the
commandant and...

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...a doubtful dog, and so has Potter. Potter is
the great Dane. Potter says...

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...the
tittle-tattle. Being the whole Seventh Cavalry’s reptile, he doesn’t
belong to anybody in particular, and...

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...and say
it slow?”

“Plantigrade circumflex vertebrate bacterium that hasn’t any wings and is
uncertain.”

“It is beautiful, anybody...

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... I’d rather have it from you than from the
Commander-in-Chief of the armies of the...

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...I
kissed her—often; I am used to that, and we like it. But she didn’t...

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...old mates of mine; and a
welcomer sound there couldn’t ever be.

Buffalo Bill was in a...

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...her kittens—hang these
names she gives the creatures, they warp my jaw—and Potter: you—all
sitting around in...

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...what I am saying, and he knows
it’s the truth. You see, yourself, that he...

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...it’s only right to talk to him, too, because it’s
just as she says; she’s trying...

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...is
under arrest, and the charge is conduct un—”

“Yes, I know—conduct unbecoming an officer and a...

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...in yo’ right mind at last! I wonder you can be
so stubborn, Marse Tom....

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...lot to see.
One’s a railroad.”

“She’ll see one when she strikes Missouri.”

“The other’s a bull-fight.”

“I’ve seen...

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...blinding light, and stands there, a
magnificent creature, centre of those multitudinous and admiring eyes,
brave, ready...

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...tell it; it
must have been perfectly splendid. If I live, I’ll see a bull-fight...

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...Hills and the mighty sweep of the Great Plains to
civilization and the Missouri border—where the...

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...act closed the ceremonies, and was a moving surprise. It may be
that you have...

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...sure, for him; always it is possible that he is
hearing it for the last time....

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...but I recognized it. If she could
see me she would know me and sound...

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...two horses lay dying; the bull had
scattered his persecutors for the moment, and stood raging,...

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