A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

In A Tramp out of the country, Mark Twain's unofficial sequel to The Innocents in another country, the writer files his hilarious and numerous observations and insights whereas on a fifteen-month strolling journey via vital Europe and the Alps. "Here you've Twain's inimitable mix," writes Dave Eggers in his creation, "of the folksy and the without difficulty erudite, his unshakable strong feel and his mythical wit, his knack for the simple relation of an ideal anecdote, and a few achingly attractive nature writing."

This smooth Library Paperback vintage reproduces the textual content of the 1st American variation and lines new explanatory notes and a serious Afterword via Kerry Driscoll, professor of English at Saint Joseph collage in Connecticut.

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MOTHER COURAGE : Swiss Cheese, your sense of duty worries me. I've brought you up to be honest be­ cause you're not very bright. But don't overdo it. And now I'm going with the chaplain to buy a Cath­ olic flag and some meat. There's no one can hunt out meat like him , sure as a sleepwalker. He can tell a good· piece of meat from the way his mouth waters. A good thing they let me stay in the business. In business you ask what price, not what religion. And Scene �e 53 Protestant trousers keep you just as warm.

He dreams about you . COOK ( lighting a clay pipe ) : Brandy from the fair hand of a lady, that's for me. And don't embarrass me any more : the- stories the chaplain was telling me on the way over still have me blushing. MOTHER COURAGE : A man of his cloth ! I must get you both something to drink or you'll be making im­ proper advances out of sheer boredom. CHAPLAIN : That is indeed a temptation, said the court chaplain, and gave way to it. N as he walks : ) And who is this captivating young person?

It's five years ago now. ( With swaying gait she goes behind the wagon. ) MOTHER COURAGE: You've left your hat. YVETTE: For the birds. MOTHER COURAGE: Let this be a lesson to you, Kattrin, never start anything with a soldier. The heavens do seem to open, so watch out ! Even with men who're not in the army life's no honeypot. -and then if you don't look out, your number's up, you're his slave for life. Be glad you're dumb, Kattrin : you'll never contradict yourself, you'll never want to bite your tongue off because you spoke out of tum.

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