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Mark Twain, A Biography 1866-1875
Albert Paine

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This etext was prepared by David Widger,  

MARK TWAIN, A BIOGRAPHY
By Albert Bigelow Paine 

VOLUME I, Part 2: 1866-1875 

LIV 

THE LECTURER 

It was not easy to take up the daily struggle again, but it was
necessary.  --[Clemens once declared he had been so blue at this period
that one morning he put a loaded pistol to his head, but found he lacked
courage to pull the trigger.]-- Out of the ruck of possibilities (his
brain always thronged with plans) he constructed three or four resolves.
The chief of these was the trip around the world; but that lay months
ahead, and in the mean time ways and means must be provided.  Another

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