A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain






































































































 -   When the curtain at last fell,
he burst into the stormiest applause, and kept it up - as
did the whole - Page 69
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When The Curtain At Last Fell, He Burst Into The Stormiest Applause, And Kept It Up - As Did The Whole House - Until The Afflictive Tenor Had Come Three Times Before The Curtain To Make His Bow. While The Glowing Enthusiast Was Swabbing The Perspiration From His Face, I Said:

"I don't mean the least harm, but really, now, do you think he can sing?"

"Him? NO! GOTT IM HIMMEL, ABER, how he has been able to sing twenty-five years ago?" [Then pensively.] "ACH, no, NOW he not sing any more, he only cry. When he think he sing, now, he not sing at all, no, he only make like a cat which is unwell."

Where and how did we get the idea that the Germans are a stolid, phlegmatic race? In truth, they are widely removed from that. They are warm-hearted, emotional, impulsive, enthusiastic, their tears come at the mildest touch, and it is not hard to move them to laughter. They are the very children of impulse. We are cold and self-contained, compared to the Germans. They hug and kiss and cry and shout and dance and sing; and where we use one loving, petting expressions they pour out a score. Their language is full of endearing diminutives; nothing that they love escapes the application of a petting diminutive - neither the house, nor the dog, nor the horse, nor the grandmother, nor any other creature, animate or inanimate.

In the theaters at Hanover, Hamburg, and Mannheim, they had a wise custom.

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