How to Tell a Story, and Other Essays

By Mark Twain

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by Mark Twain



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Then the listener must be alert, for in many cases the teller will
divert attention from...

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heard it for the first time, thinks it is unspeakably funny, and is
trying to repeat...

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dreamily, and as if to himself, "and yet that man could beat a drum
better than...

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...en say, "Oh, my! OH, my lan'!" en de
win' blow de lantern out, en de...

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...telescopic sort, and I presently
recognized a familiar face among the throng of strangers drifting in

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...and all, just as I had seen you at the reception."

Those are the facts. She...

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...which he had given Stanley.

I mailed my letter to Mr. Smythe February 6th, and three...

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"And now I've got an idea!" said I. "There's the Lotos--the first New
York club...

Page 9 anecdote. This is the anecdote:

Two years and a half ago I and the family...

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...That is what he did."

The next morning the lieutenant told me his new letter of...

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...John B. Hackett, had died the day before, and
that his last utterance had been a...

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...the time contentedly humming "Sweet By and
By," in a low tone, and flatting a good...

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...really gone or not,--seem
gone, you know--body warm, joints limber--and so, although you think
they're gone, you...

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left in it. By and by Thompson rested his forehead in his left hand,
with his...

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...he revived. Presently he said,

"Do you reckon we started the Gen'rul any?"

I said no; we...

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...left it Thompson came in with a bag, and said,--

"Cap., I'm a-going to chance him...