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    Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) - Rare Autograph Manuscript from "The Gilded Age" Here are two rare original autograph manuscript pages from The Gilded Age, one in the hand of Mark Twain, the other in the hand of his collaborator Charles Dudley Warner (with a suggestion by Mark Twain). The page written by Twain is unsigned, one page, 5" x 8". From Part 2, Chapter XI, Clemens has penned: "396" on top (it's been crossed out and renumbered "307" by Warner). Clemens writes, in full: "he saw the pathetic sorrow in their faces when they asked for more & there was no more to give them, he hated himself for his stupidity and pitied the hunger famishing young things with all his heart. The other matter that disturbed him was the dire inflation that had begun in his stomach. It grew & grew, it became more & more supportable. Evidently the apples turnips were swelling fermenting. He forced himself to sit still as long as he could, but the distress steadily augmented till his anguish conquered him at last." From the actual published text of The Gilded Age: "One was, that he discovered, to his confusion and shame, that in allowing himself to be helped a second time to the turnips, he had robbed those hungry children. He had not needed the dreadful 'fruit,' and had not wanted it; and when he saw the pathetic sorrow in their faces when they asked for more and there was no more to give them, he hated himself for his stupidity and pitied the famishing young things with all his heart. The other matter that disturbed him was the dire inflation that had begun in his stomach. It grew and grew, it became more and more insupportable. Evidently the turnips were 'fermenting.' He forced himself to sit still as long as he could, but his anguish conquered him at last." Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Irregular left edge. Fine condition.

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