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Mark Twain, A Biography 1875-1886
Albert Paine

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This etext was prepared by David Widger,  

MARK TWAIN, A BIOGRAPHY
By Albert Bigelow Paine
COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY HARPER & BROTHERS 

VOLUME II, Part 1: 1875-1886 

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MARK TWAIN AT FORTY 

In conversation with John Hay, Hay said to Clemens: 

"A man reaches the zenith at forty, the top of the hill.  From that time
forward he begins to descend.  If you have any great undertaking ahead,
begin it now.  You will never be so capable again." 

Of course this was only a theory of Hay's, a rule where rules do not

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