The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 5

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The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 5
Summer in Mid-Atlantic—An Eccentric Moon—Mr. Blucher Loses Confidence—The Mystery of "Ship Time"—The Denizens of the Deep—"Land Hoh"— The First Landing on a Foreign Shore—Sensation among the Natives— Something about the Azores Islands—Blucher's Disastrous Dinner— The Happy Result
 
 

In this chapter we learn all about ship time and how to chase the moon. The Innocents Abroad was written using Twain's journal as well as his correspondences to the Daily Alta California as well as other journals, including the New York Tribune. This chapter, chapter 5 and chapter 6 are covered by two separate letters that overlap to some extent. One to each of these two journals. Included with this page is a copy of the letter sent to the New York Tribune as it contains a description of Mr Blucher's dinner on Fayal.

McKeithan (1958) noted an interesting omission from the book contained in the Tribune article. The description of the capote, or womans hooded cape, is part of an encounter Twain had with a beggar woman at Fayal. The woman repeatedly kissed her hand and curtsied. Twain said
"I will read to her my poetic paraphrase of the Declaration of Independence." But all the crowd said, "No--shame, shame, shame! -- the poor old woman hasn't done anything!" And they gave the old hag some Portuguese pennies...

 

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Submitted by scott on

Improved this file with audacity and dvd-slideshow options.

Submitted by scott on

As with the attached comment, I cannot let this bit of fantasy abide, either: