The Mysterious Stranger: A Romance

By Mark Twain

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THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER




[Illustration: ESELDORF WAS A PARADISE FOR US...

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...Some even set it away back centuries upon centuries and
said that by the mental and...

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...solemn
and awful respect. This was because he had absolutely no fear of the
Devil. He was...

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...wholesome respect for the astrologer when he came through our
village wearing his tall, pointed hat...

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...been so from the cradle,
being fond of one another from the beginning, and this affection
deepened...

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...no harm, but only wandered about because they were lonely
and distressed and wanted kindly notice...

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...fire, so I was sorry and disappointed. But he looked up bright and
pleased, and said:

“Fire?...

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...pockets,” he said, and it was true. And they were of
the best, too, and we...

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...and
at home again. We asked if we might make some people, and he said yes,
and...

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...his second favorite among the nursery angels
of our blood and lineage--to use a human phrase--yes,...

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...pitiful scene that was now
under our eyes, for the wives of the little dead men...

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...but there was no sign that they were anything to him beyond mere
entertainments. Those visions...

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...a salute, but they were so crooked and so badly
made that they all burst when...

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...of our eyes came from our hearts, and their
dumb speech was worship. He brought the...

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...anything.”

We looked up and saw Father Peter approaching through the chestnuts.
We three were sitting together...

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...same old indifferent way--just as one speaks of bricks and
manure-piles and such things; you could...

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...Samson sitting
on the fence slapping his thighs and laughing, with the tears running
down his cheeks,...

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...it lay, right where Satan stood when he
began to melt--if he did melt and it...

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...in the village--nor Marget, either. And not even a
half-enemy that’s rich enough to chance eleven...

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...for it; and if we could have invented something
that would answer--but we couldn’t; we hadn’t...

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...me of anything further to say, so I got out, with
the other boys, and we...

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...or less isn’t of
consequence, but you said eleven hundred and six before.”

It would not have...

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...than any one else.
Our fathers said we were disgracing our families, and they commanded us
to...

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...inflaming everybody against Father
Peter, and saying he was an abandoned thief and had stolen eleven
hundred...

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...had been happening to
Marget and her uncle. While we were talking we turned a curve...

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...seen a kitten of that breed before,” said Satan.

Ursula was not proposing to be friendly...

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...into her pockets and straightened up to give him a piece of her
mind. Her temper...

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...The water came into her
eyes. He said he had never known his mamma; she passed...

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...priest and have its gifts all purified out of it, and then
there wouldn’t be any...

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...pass pleasantly and cheerfully;
and although he told a good many lies, it was no harm...

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...after splinter under his nails, and
he shrieked with the pain. Satan was not disturbed, but...

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...and stench; and disease comes, and they die
off like flies. Have they committed a crime,...

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...the right word, and strong enough. No one had seen
Hans for a couple of days.

“Not...

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...know the place; it is three miles from here.”

“And the dog has been often to...

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...and see Marget,
because the nights were moonlit and our parents might find us out if
we...

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...of our wits. This was natural enough, because
of late years there were more kinds of...

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...from all the
countryside to see it. I went, too; but when I saw that one...

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...the eleven girls and the old woman, once, but
it did not affect him. He only...

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...told to keep
their own counsel, and not rouse the suspicions of the household. The
villagers were...

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...not ordinary times--on
account of the witch-dread--and so we did not seem to have any gentle
and...

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...was not merely puzzled, he was also exasperated; for
these evidences very nearly convinced him--privately--that there...

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...a beaker of red wine,
drank it off, poured another, then began to eat with a...

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...then purple, but
he could not utter another sound. Then I saw Satan, a transparent
film, melt...

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...appeared, and they fell
apart in two walls like the cloven Red Sea, and presently down...

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...people murmured, for the astrologer was old, and always before had
been halting of movement and...

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...and began to consider ways to avert it. They
discussed this, that, and the other way,...

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...was charmed again; and again Wilhelm
was not as pleased as he ought to have been,...

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...things?”

“Well, I will tell you, and you must understand if you can. You
belong to a...

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...despised in a foreign land? These things can never be important to
the elephant; they are...

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...equals. An
angel’s love is sublime, adorable, divine, beyond the imagination of
man--infinitely beyond it! But it...

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...his
first act as a child had arranged for him. Indeed, it might be that
if he...

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...just as she is now.”

“I shall change her future.”

“Make it better?” I asked.

“Yes. And I...

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...Lisa, then he would catch cold from
his drenching; one of your race’s fantastic and desolating...

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...him again. He has
a long and cruel and odious life before him, but I will...

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...he was going out of this young life,
and the summers and winters would come and...

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...mean, to pretend I did not care, and he made no
reply in words, but there...

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...we
turned a curve and came upon Nikolaus face to face. He shouted, gaily:

“Hi-hi! What is...

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...always puzzled because we were
not. He wore his invention to the bone trying to invent...

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...father, too; our thought being, “If he
only knew--if he only knew!”

In the morning Nikolaus did...

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...Nikolaus might go out with us.

“I am sorry,” she answered, “but he can’t. To punish...

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...the strain and the excitement.
Another three minutes, and there was a footstep on the stair.

“Saved!”...

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...kept him in the house, this would not have happened.
And I am rightly punished; I...

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...to God to spare the
life of sick persons, but I have never done it.

Both funerals...

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...now; and he asked us if he should do it. This was such a short
time...

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...point. Under his several former
possible life-careers he was going to heaven.”

We were aghast. “Oh, Satan!...

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...He had crushed a rib of each of them with that little puff. We
could not...

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...after this, Satan appeared again. We were
always watching out for him, for life was never...

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...Cæsar invade Britain--“not that
those barbarians had done him any harm, but because he wanted their
land,...

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...laugh to a finish; then he said: “It is a
remarkable progress. In five or six...

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...and stopped chuckling, and
his manner changed. He said, gently: “No, we will drink one another’s
health,...

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...by devilish arts, such as bathing them, washing them,
and nourishing them instead of bleeding them...

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...said:

“Pooh! What do you know about it?”

“I? Everything. By profession I am a fortune-teller, and...

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...follows the handful that makes the
most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong;
but...

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...the other side will argue
and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at...

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...interviews in his office with Seppi and me, and threshed out our
testimony pretty thoroughly, thinking...

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...looked up and there stood Father
Peter behind me.

Several murmured, “That looks bad,” but others answered,...

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...It was Satan standing
alongside of Wilhelm! And there was such a contrast!--Satan looked so
confident, had...

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...It
can say it was not in existence last December. By its date it can say
this.”

And...

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...man’s reason. When we arrived, ten minutes
later, he was parading pompously up and down and...

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...the rest
of his days, and he will, for he will always think he is the...

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...the race!” he said; “always ready to claim what it
hasn’t got, and mistake its ounce...

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...that is a trifle; any novice can do that. Shall I raise an
orange-tree from it?”

“Oh...

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...in any night, the tree will die, and
you likewise. Do not go home to your...

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...give up that scheme and get his watering-pot ready.”

“But the priest will burn the tree....

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...had no existence.”

I could hardly breathe for the great hope that was struggling in me....

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...word, that they are a dream, and you the maker of it. The
dream-marks are all...

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... Satan burst our laughing _changed to_
Satan burst out laughing...