A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain






































































































 -   He was hanged between
the two great columns in the Piazza - with a gilded rope,
out of compliment to his - Page 480
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He Was Hanged Between The Two Great Columns In The Piazza - With A Gilded Rope, Out Of Compliment To His Love Of Gold, Perhaps.

He got no good of his booty at all - it was ALL recovered.

In Venice we had a luxury which very seldom fell to our lot on the continent - a home dinner with a private family. If one could always stop with private families, when traveling, Europe would have a charm which it now lacks. As it is, one must live in the hotels, of course, and that is a sorrowful business. A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe; but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.

He would have to do without his accustomed morning meal. That is too formidable a change altogether; he would necessarily suffer from it. He could get the shadow, the sham, the base counterfeit of that meal; but it would do him no good, and money could not buy the reality.

To particularize: the average American's simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak; well, in Europe, coffee is an unknown beverage. You can get what the European hotel-keeper thinks is coffee, but it resembles the real thing as hypocrisy resembles holiness. It is a feeble, characterless, uninspiring sort of stuff, and almost as undrinkable as if it had been made in an American hotel. The milk used for it is what the French call "Christian" milk - milk which has been baptized.

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