The Mysterious Stranger, and Other Stories

By Mark Twain

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...THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER

by Mark Twain


Note: "The Mysterious Stranger" was written...

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...and had brought all the glories of its kingdoms along; and when
they went they left...

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...out of
character for him to say it, too, for he was always good and gentle...

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...head in the village, and the most
in it. She taught the harp, and earned all...

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...and lightened outside he told us about ghosts and
horrors of every kind, and of battles...

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...our minds yet, and impressing us. But we
couldn't smoke, because we had been heedless and...

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...other things--other curious things.

"What ones?"

"Oh, a number; I don't know how many."

"Will you let us...

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...He went on
chatting as simply and unaffectedly as ever; and while he talked he made
a...

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...how exciting it all was.
You know that kind of quiver that trembles around through you...

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...barely noticed
that, we were so shocked and grieved at the wanton murder he had
committed--for murder...

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...with him, and
of looking into the heaven of his eyes, and of feeling the ecstasy...

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...station the halberdiers
and display the cavalry. Our men and horses were a spectacle to see,
they...

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...spirits, and
as gay as if this were a wedding instead of a fiendish massacre. And
he...

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...weaknesses, for I have studied them;
but I have none of them. My flesh is not...

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...ecstasy; and an ecstasy is a thing
that will not go into words; it feels like...

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...merely
knew that we were proud of having it, and when he talked like that about
it,...

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...along
back, with his head bent down, searching the ground. When he was pretty
close to us...

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...eleven hundred ducats odd!" he said. "Oh dear! if it were only
mine--and I need it...

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...was invited to a party.

And there was no mystery; Father Peter told the whole circumstance...

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...diffidently, after drawing
straws, and I asked it as casually as I could, though it did...

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...old tower up
the valley, where he had heard the news, I reckon. He had a...

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...just about unbelievable--it had such an
impossible look. They said it might have come into the...

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...its grip for the present. Old Ursula, who
was cook, chambermaid, housekeeper, laundress, and everything else...

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...was
ashamed, too, for not having been near Marget, and she so in need of
friends; but...

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...as
briskly as a young girl. It had been many years since she had done the
like...

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...anyway."

Ursula looked disappointed. "Money? A cat bring money? The idea! You
could never sell it here;...

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...or somehow; but no matter,
what Satan wished a person to believe, the person was sure...

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...what they were doing,
nor have any memory of it afterward; and that was indeed the...

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...did not care for
fish to-day, but she did not finish the remark. It was because...

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...instruments, and there was a smoky lantern or
two hanging on the walls and helping to...

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...holy;
but the wage they pay to these poor brothers and sisters of theirs is
only enough...

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...dark to see him. He came to us, and we walked along
together, and Seppi poured...

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...moonlight, for the
clouds were breaking away now, and Satan took the dog's head in his...

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...much better to be a dog and not run such awful risks.
We took this one...

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...been burned as a witch. When that kind of
a malady is in the blood it...

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...that, for they
knew just what questions to ask, they being all written down for the...

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...The fire is
best; it is soon over. You have been good to me, you two,...

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...they live on the fat of the land, I can tell
you; the prince himself can't...

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...gratitude. The cat made no murmur, but went on
composedly improving in style and prodigality by...

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...or even any rumblings or earthquakes or
lightnings or apparitions--that was new, novel, wholly irregular. There
was...

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...wonderful piece of luck, a splendid piece of luck; the glory of it
made him dizzy.

All...

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...and holding their breath--and presently the bowl was full to the
brim.

"Look at the bottle," he...

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...state of terror; and such a tumult as they made with
their running and sobbing and...

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...With that he made a spring into the air
and lit firm on his feet on...

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...father; "all of us will suffer--all in repute,
many in estate. And, good God!--"

"What is it?"

"That...

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...uplifted by it and so charmed that what she was
feeling lit up her face and...

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...so much trouble. He was not hurt by this plain speech; he only
looked amused and...

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...his
mother is sick or well, or whether he is looked up to in society or
not,...

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...can forget, and he does forget, but I
retain.

"Now, then, I perceive by your thoughts that...

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...that it had been
appointed that on a certain day, at a certain hour and minute...

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...let it drop.

"I shall make some other changes. You know that little Lisa Brandt?"

"Oh yes,...

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...playmate and friend; and think of Lisa's poor mother!"

I clung to him and begged and...

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...I believed was
a chuckle. "I've got him on the cold side of it, too. He...

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...my mind was filled with Nikolaus, my thoughts
ran upon him only, and the good days...

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...meant to give it to his little sister. That
smote me, for she was slowly getting...

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...all the time; we must have all of him we
could; the days were precious now....

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...cost the three of us some sharp scoldings, and some
threats of punishment. Every morning two...

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...very late when we left him at his door. We lingered near awhile,
listening; and that...

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...ever think of last night without a pang."

She was like all the rest; it seemed...

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...in the race for life or for
death. Finally Seppi drew a deep breath and said:

"Two...

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...the two drowned bodies on the bed.

"Oh, my God!" that poor mother cried out, and...

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...from bad, and are always mistaking the one for the other. Many
a time since I...

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...and pain. The only improvement he could make
would be to enable her to skip a...

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...good luck. Satan considered the question a moment, then said,
with some hesitation:

"Well, the fact is,...

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...and grab at the empty air; then they broke
apart and fled in every direction, shrieking,...

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...we
were glad of her death and not sorry that we had brought it about.

One day,...

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...of the Romans toward
the Carthaginians, and the sickening spectacle of the massacre of
those brave people....

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...We kept our grief to ourselves, knowing that this was not the
time to continue our...

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...their
augmentation! Drink to--" Then he saw by our faces how much we were
hurt, and he...

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...witch-hunting on their own score, and began to
chase a born lady who was known to...

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...themselves."

You could see the superstitious crowd shrink and catch their breath,
under the sudden shock. The...

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...It is made up of sheep. It is governed
by minorities, seldom or never by majorities....

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...indignantly, "It is unjust
and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it." Then the handful
will...

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...stopped
drinking and began his preparations with diligence. With more diligence
than hope, in fact, for it...

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...Proceed.

A. I am sorry to have to say this, but just as I had finished...

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...keep
up her courage any longer, but broke down and cried, and I was so sorry
for...

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...examined. I speak of the coin."

"The coin? What can the coin say?"

"It can say it...

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...had appeared before that
poor prisoner, exclaiming, "The trial is over, and you stand forever
disgraced as...

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...deceiving
me with that lie. He was not embarrassed, but said, quite simply and
composedly:

"Ah, you mistake;...

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...hasn't
got, and mistake its ounce of brass filings for a ton of gold-dust. You
have a...

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...handful of dust on it, and said,
"Rise!"

A tiny stem shot up and began to grow,...

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...or sell this
place--it would be injudicious."

The foreigner was proud and wouldn't beg, but I thought...

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...not happen. The man will
drive the priest away and take care of the tree."

I reflected...

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...a dream; they have no existence.
Nothing exists save empty space--and you!"

"I!"

"And you are not you--you...

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...dream. Nothing exists but you. And
you are but a thought--a vagrant thought, a useless thought,...

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...was not troubled; he
was calm, and said there was one way to find out who...

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...TURKEY

When I was a boy my uncle and his big boys hunted with the rifle,...

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...engagement--and goes
limping and scrambling away, pretending to be very lame; and at the same
time she...

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...very grateful to the feelings of us both; it would naturally be
so, skirmishing along like...

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...silence, and give him opportunity to unload his
heart. Said he, with but ill-controlled emotion:

"I do...

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...great deeps of the eternities. May
I trouble you for a match?'

"I said: 'Your sentiments do...

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...the house, and
slam you against the wall, and then curl you up, and squirm you...

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...frail memory; and as soon as
the lights were out the burglars walked in at the...

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...battery to support me. But there was never anything to
shoot at--windows all tight and secure....

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...now was to have her
put in right--with their new patent springs in the windows to...

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...ever get THEM to
contribute--I just said to Mrs. McWilliams that I had had enough of...