Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain




















































































































































 -   Sparkling
on their white-robed breasts or shoulders were the colors of their
favorite knights, and were it not for - Page 369
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Sparkling On Their White-Robed Breasts Or Shoulders Were The Colors Of Their Favorite Knights, And Were It Not For The Fact That The Doughty Heroes Appeared On Unromantic Mules, It Would Have Been Easy To Imagine One Of King Arthur's Gala-Days.'

There were thirteen mules in the first heat; all sorts of mules, they were; all sorts of complexions, gaits, dispositions, aspects.

Some were handsome creatures, some were not; some were sleek, some hadn't had their fur brushed lately; some were innocently gay and frisky; some were full of malice and all unrighteousness; guessing from looks, some of them thought the matter on hand was war, some thought it was a lark, the rest took it for a religious occasion. And each mule acted according to his convictions. The result was an absence of harmony well compensated by a conspicuous presence of variety - variety of a picturesque and entertaining sort.

All the riders were young gentlemen in fashionable society. If the reader has been wondering why it is that the ladies of New Orleans attend so humble an orgy as a mule-race, the thing is explained now. It is a fashion-freak; all connected with it are people of fashion.

It is great fun, and cordially liked. The mule-race is one of the marked occasions of the year. It has brought some pretty fast mules to the front. One of these had to be ruled out, because he was so fast that he turned the thing into a one-mule contest, and robbed it of one of its best features - variety.

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