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Essays on Paul Bourget
Mark Twain

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Essays on Paul Bourget 

by Mark Twain 

CONTENTS:
WHAT PAUL BOURGET THINKS OF US
A LITTLE NOTE TO M.  PAUL BOURGET 

WHAT PAUL BOURGET THINKS OF US 

He reports the American joke correctly.  In Boston they ask, How much
does he know? in New York, How much is he worth? in Philadelphia, Who
were his parents? And when an alien observer turns his telescope upon
us--advertisedly in our own special interest--a natural apprehension
moves us to ask, What is the diameter of his reflector? 

I take a great interest in M.  Bourget's chapters, for I know by the
newspapers that there are several Americans who are expecting to get a
whole education out of them; several who foresaw, and also foretold, that

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