Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion

By Mark Twain

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...SOME RAMBLING NOTES OF AN IDLE EXCURSION

by Mark Twain






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All the journeyings I had ever done...

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...Well, after the way he'd gone on about Seth's
wife overlappin' his prem'ses, I'd 'a' beat...

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...makin' things
comfortable for the others, I hadn't thought about being buried myself."

"Life's on'y a fleetin'...

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...visible
anywhere over the wide ocean; no company but Mother Carey's chickens
wheeling, darting, skimming the waves...

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...and rainy, the mate ordered this chap to go aloft about
something, and I'm dummed if...

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...says the governor, 'Plant yourself, Tom, plant yourself; you can't
cat your anchor again till you've...

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...seen
at a distance. It seemed a great find, for doubtless it contained food
of some sort....

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...came a pleasant sound--oars moving in a boat's rowlocks.
Nearer it came, and nearer-within thirty steps,...

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...cloudless, the sun brilliant, the blue
sea scarcely ruffled; then what had become of the four...

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...kid or calf could furnish
material for gloving it.

Conversation not general; drones along between couples. One...

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...then
say, "Well, as I was saying, the rudder was fouled, ship driving before
the gale, head-on,...

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...all my life in poetry
and tales and such-like rubbage. Pity for the poor mariner! sympathy...

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...thing that can make me madder than another, it's
this sappy, damned maritime poetry!"

Captain Brace was...

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...to the
captaincy. More than fifty years of his sixty-five were spent at sea.
He had sailed...

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...said, "Peters, do you ever read the Bible?"

"Well--yes."

"I judge it ain't often, by the way...

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...doing a land-office
business, but 'twa'n't any use; he couldn't run any opposition to amount
to anything....

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...know, and got
whitewashed. They poured it on. Says he, 'Heave on four more barrels.'
Then he...

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...scarcely rippled. Now came the
resurrection hour; the berths gave up their dead. Who are these...

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...you that is just as familiar to me
as--"

"Likely it might be his hat," murmured the...

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...summer clothing
much, but the girls and women did, and their white garments were good to
look...

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...folk or
otherwise. So we were expecting to have a good private time in case
there was...

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...all; the sun comes out and shines on this
spectacle, and it is time for you...

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...at every turn. The least little bit of a cottage is as white and
blemishless as...

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...wind hither and thither in the delightfulest
way, unfolding pretty surprises at every turn: billowy masses...

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...the diamond-like flash and play of the light upon the rocks and
sands on the bottom...

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...nights, and they might get
into trouble without my intending it. Well, they shut up their...

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...went to court.
Everybody took sides. It got hotter and hotter, and broke up all the
friendships...

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...and the same conclusion: "The governor has gone to
England; it is for the British admiral!"

At...

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...could detect
nothing but somber outlines. We strode farther and farther down this
tunnel, cheering the way...

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...fidget so with your feet?" I said, "Did
I?" Then I put my attention there and...

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...lucky soldier
painfully turned himself in his bed until he faced the other warrior,
raised himself partly...

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...or are--"

"Yes s'r!"

"Is it early, or is--"

"Eight-five."

"Do you have to do all the 'chores,' or...

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...straight as the colonnade
of Baalbec; they have its great height, they have its gracefulness, they
have...

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...tree stood up out of
swamps; propped on their interlacing roots as upon a tangle of...

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...unprosperous, or
discontented, or sorry about anything. This sort of monotony became very
tiresome presently, and even...

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...home dinnerless. I
said we were not very hungry; a fish would do. My little maid...

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...the afternoon with two overcoats on. The nights are said to be
always cool and bracing....

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...if we had had a
health permit. But health permits are not granted after seven in...