A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain






































































































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My dulled faculties dragged themselves partly back to life
and took a receptive attitude.  Now out of an immense,
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My Dulled Faculties Dragged Themselves Partly Back To Life And Took A Receptive Attitude.

Now out of an immense, a limitless distance, came a something which grew and grew, and approached, and presently was recognizable as a sound - it had rather seemed to be a feeling, before.

This sound was a mile away, now - perhaps it was the murmur of a storm; and now it was nearer - not a quarter of a mile away; was it the muffled rasping and grinding of distant machinery? No, it came still nearer; was it the measured tramp of a marching troop? But it came nearer still, and still nearer - and at last it was right in the room: it was merely a mouse gnawing the woodwork. So I had held my breath all that time for such a trifle.

Well, what was done could not be helped; I would go to sleep at once and make up the lost time. That was a thoughtless thought. Without intending it - hardly knowing it - I fell to listening intently to that sound, and even unconsciously counting the strokes of the mouse's nutmeg-grater. Presently I was deriving exquisite suffering from this employment, yet maybe I could have endured it if the mouse had attended steadily to his work; but he did not do that; he stopped every now and then, and I suffered more while waiting and listening for him to begin again than I did while he was gnawing. Along at first I was mentally offering a reward of five - six - seven - ten - dollars for that mouse; but toward the last I was offering rewards which were entirely beyond my means.

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