Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain




















































































































































 -  I staid faithfully by him until his comedy was finished.
Then he remarked that he had undertaken to 'learn' me - Page 260
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I Staid Faithfully By Him Until His Comedy Was Finished. Then He Remarked That He Had Undertaken To 'learn' Me All About A Steamboat, And Had Done It; But That If He Had Overlooked Anything, Just Ask Him And He Would Supply The Lack.

'Anything about this boat that you don't know the name of or the purpose of, you come to me and I'll tell you.' I said I would, and took my departure; disappeared, and approached him from another quarter, whence he could not see me.

There he sat, all alone, doubling himself up and writhing this way and that, in the throes of unappeasable laughter. He must have made himself sick; for he was not publicly visible afterward for several days. Meantime, the episode dropped out of my mind.

The thing that reminded me of it now, when I was alone at the wheel, was the spectacle of this young fellow standing in the pilot-house door, with the knob in his hand, silently and severely inspecting me. I don't know when I have seen anybody look so injured as he did. He did not say anything - simply stood there and looked; reproachfully looked and pondered. Finally he shut the door, and started away; halted on the texas a minute; came slowly back and stood in the door again, with that grieved look in his face; gazed upon me awhile in meek rebuke, then said -

'You let me learn you all about a steamboat, didn't you?'

'Yes,' I confessed.

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