Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On Duels -- Redux

I am searching for a quote to use as an epigram for an essay about Sam Clemens -- searching brought me to this, which brought me back to the earlier post on swordplay and duels.  Here is Clemens in his autobiography:

"I never had anything to do with duels since [his time in Nevada].  I thoroughly disapprove of duels.  I consider them unwise, and I know they are dangerous.  Also, sinful.  If a man should challenge me now, I would go to that man and take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet retired spot, and kill him." (Mark Twain's Own Autobiography, p. 77)

The snap at the end is the key....

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