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Those Extraordinary Twins

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"Those Extraordinary Twins" was published as a short story, separate and distinct from its origins inside Twain's "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson". As Twain explains, he extricated "Twins" from "Pudd'nhead" when he found, as he was writing, that he'd created a farce inside a tragedy. This is the excised farce, a story about Italian Siamese twins who completely take over a small Missouri town, splitting it down the middle with half supporting one head and the other, the other. (Introduction by John Greenman)

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THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS

by Mark Twain

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CHAPTER I. THE TWINS AS THEY REALLY WERE CHAPTER II. MA COOPER GETS ALL MIXED UP CHAPTER III. ANGELO IS BLUE CHAPTER IV. SUPERNATURAL CHRONOMETRY CHAPTER V. GUILT AND INNOCENCE FINELY BLENT CHAPTER VI. THE AMAZING DUEL CHAPTER VII. LUIGI DEFIES GALEN CHAPTER VIII. BAPTISM OF THE BETTER HALF CHAPTER IX. THE DRINKLESS DRUNK CHAPTER X. SO THEY HANGED LUIGI FINAL REMARKS.

A man who is not born with the novel writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel. I know this from experience. He has no clear idea of his story; in fact he has no story. He merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality. He knows these people, he knows the selected locality, and he trusts that he can plunge those people into those incidents with interesting results. So he goes to work. To write a novel? No that is a thought which comes later; in the beginning he is only proposing to tell a little tale; a very little tale; a six page tale... Continue reading book >>


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