Life on the Mississippi, Part 2.

By Mark Twain

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...LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

...

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...of a trick, since it was so wide.

The boat backed out from New Orleans at...

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...I had no luck. I either
came near chipping off the edge of a sugar plantation,...

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...this; and I hope you never WILL find it as
long as you live.

Mr. Bixby said...

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...up! He was a nervous man, and he shuffled from
one side of his wheel...

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...the forecastle, a man skipped ashore, a darky's voice on the
bank said, 'Gimme de k'yarpet-bag,...

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...we
were under way I began to prowl about the great steamer and fill myself
with joy....

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...they ever
really hoped to get a berth, but because (they being guests of the boat)
it...

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...bar 's working down fast.'

Another pilot spoke up and said--

'I had better water than that,...

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...good long way above the
mouth. This was a great misfortune, especially to certain of...

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...the bend. More looks were
exchanged, and nods of surprised admiration--but no words. Insensibly
the men...

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...E-i-g-h-t feet!.... E-i-g-h-t feet!.... Seven-
and--'

Mr. Bixby said warningly through his speaking tube to the engineer--

'Stand...

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...my grandmother's opinion of protoplasm. I
reflected respectfully, and then said I didn't know it had...

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...and you'd RUN them for straight
lines only you know better. You boldly drive your boat...

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...something like this--

'I judge the upper bar is making down a little at Hale's Point;...

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...like a skinful of dry bones and all of them trying
to ache at once.

Mr. Bixby...

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...what its form really was, but it was as
dissolving and changeful as if it had...

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...another, either, for
they're not often twice alike. You must keep them separate.'

When I came to...

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...Snatch her! snatch her!'

He seized the other side of the wheel and helped to spin...

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...which I had some misgivings about. I did not know that
he was hiding behind...

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...began to back away.

'Stop the larboard. Come ahead on it. Stop the starboard....

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...there
was never a page that was void of interest, never one that you could
leave unread...

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...clean-stemmed dead tree waved a
single leafy bough that glowed like a flame in the unobstructed...

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...wonder whether he has gained most or
lost most by learning his trade?




Chapter 10 Completing My...

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...sir. It is three-quarters of a mile away.'

'Very poor eye--very poor. Take the...

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...a half forward.'

'Well, you do seem to know something.'

'But what I particularly want to know...

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...a falling river.
There are about fifty of these cracks which you can't run at all...

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...trading scows from everywhere, and broad-horns from
'Posey County,' Indiana, freighted with 'fruit and furniture'--the usual
term...