Innocents abroad

Mark Twain

When we came across this fellow, sitting quietly next to the river Ilmenau in Lüneburg, an American who happened to be standing next to me, felt the need to inform me – quite patronizingly – that this was a famous American writer and he wasn’t quite sure whether I might have heard of him.  I informed him – equally condescendingly – that I had read most everything that Mr Samuel Longhorne Clemens had written (which is not a lie, his collected works in English and German are amongst my most cherished books).   I added “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”  He recognised the quote and we proceeded to have an interesting conversation about Mark Twain.

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