History Creator / MarkTwain

6th Oct '17 10:15:02 PM Theriocephalus
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And thus Samuel Langorne Clemens erupted onto the literary scene. He was a [[DownOnTheFarm backwoods outcast]] of low social standing who became a seminal American author, and he is considered to be the father of American literature. He took his most prominent PenName from 19th century riverboat jargon. The boatmen would call out "marks" indicating the depth of the water. "Mark Twain" indicates two fathoms, which is just deep enough for safe maneuvering. The name is deliberately ambiguous, for mark twain is the point at which dangerous waters become safe - and safe waters become dangerous.

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And thus Samuel Langorne Clemens erupted onto the literary scene. He was a [[DownOnTheFarm backwoods outcast]] of low social standing who became a seminal American author, and he is considered to be the father of American literature. He took his most prominent PenName from 19th century riverboat jargon. The boatmen would call out "marks" indicating the depth of the water. "Mark Twain" indicates two fathoms, which is just deep enough for safe maneuvering. The name is deliberately ambiguous, for mark twain is the point at which dangerous waters become safe - -- and safe waters become dangerous.



He was also obsessed with the separation between the 'dream self' and the 'waking self', and kept a regular dream journal twenty years before Freud. He was also [[TheAtoner horribly guilt-ridden]] over the deaths of family members he blamed himself for, such as his younger brothers Benjamin and Henry and his son Langdon. In fact, ''all'' of the tragedies that occurred in his life [[ItsAllMyFault he blamed himself for]], no matter how circumstantial or accidental. He eventually became a NayTheist; when a woman told him "God must love you", he told a friend after she left, "I guess she hadn't heard of our strained relationship."

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He was also obsessed with the separation between the 'dream self' "dream self" and the 'waking self', "waking self", and kept a regular dream journal twenty years before Freud. He was also [[TheAtoner horribly guilt-ridden]] over the deaths of family members he blamed himself for, such as his younger brothers Benjamin and Henry and his son Langdon. In fact, ''all'' of the tragedies that occurred in his life [[ItsAllMyFault he blamed himself for]], no matter how circumstantial or accidental. He eventually became a NayTheist; when a woman told him "God must love you", he told a friend after she left, "I guess she hadn't heard of our strained relationship."



* CovertPervert: When Twain visited France and the Can Can Dancers, he mentioned he was ''shocked'' and covered his eyes at such a scene - but peeked through his fingers. Keep in mind, ''real'' Can Can Dancers ''didn't wear any underwear''.

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* CovertPervert: When Twain visited France and the Can Can Dancers, he mentioned he was ''shocked'' and covered his eyes at such a scene - -- but peeked through his fingers. Keep in mind, ''real'' Can Can Dancers ''didn't wear any underwear''.



* CovertPervert: He was shocked, '''''shocked''''' at the topless natives in UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}. So much he covered his eyes with his hands - but left room to peak through them, naturally.[[note]]This is a recycled joke he'd made about Can Can Dancers. Keep in mind, those girls did ''not'' wear underwear when they were doing those high kicks.[[/note]]

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* CovertPervert: He was shocked, '''''shocked''''' at the topless natives in UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}. So much he covered his eyes with his hands - -- but left room to peak peek through them, naturally.[[note]]This is a recycled joke he'd made about Can Can Dancers. Keep in mind, those girls did ''not'' wear underwear when they were doing those high kicks.[[/note]]



-->'''Troi:''' Poverty was eliminated on Earth, a long time ago. And a lot of other things disappeared with it - hopelessness, despair, cruelty...

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-->'''Troi:''' Poverty was eliminated on Earth, a long time ago. And a lot of other things disappeared with it - -- hopelessness, despair, cruelty...



-->'''Twain:''' Hmmm... Well... maybe... it's worth giving up cigars for, after all.

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-->'''Twain:''' Hmmm... Well...well... maybe... it's worth giving up cigars for, after all.
6th Oct '17 10:12:31 PM Theriocephalus
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Boston, Massachusetts, November 1869. A short, thin man wearing a cheap suit, an [[FieryRedhead unkempt mop of red hair]], [[BadassMustache a long red mustache]], and brandishing a [[CigarChomper smelly cigar]], ambles up the staircase at 124 Tremont Street to the second story headquarters of Ticknor & Fields, a publishing firm. Settling into the office of William Dean Howells, a junior partner of the firm, he lets fly a ravishing quip, referencing a favorable review of his latest work, 'The Innocents Abroad', in a magazine published by the firm. [[ChocolateBaby 'When I read that review of yours, I felt like the woman who was so glad her baby had come white'.]]

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Boston, Massachusetts, November 1869. A short, thin man wearing a cheap suit, an [[FieryRedhead unkempt mop of red hair]], [[BadassMustache a long red mustache]], and brandishing a [[CigarChomper smelly cigar]], ambles up the staircase at 124 Tremont Street to the second story headquarters of Ticknor & Fields, a publishing firm. Settling into the office of William Dean Howells, a junior partner of the firm, he lets fly a ravishing quip, referencing a favorable review of his latest work, 'The "The Innocents Abroad', Abroad", in a magazine published by the firm. [[ChocolateBaby 'When "When I read that review of yours, I felt like the woman who was so glad her baby had come white'.]]
white"]].
16th Sep '17 4:11:02 PM nombretomado
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* Creastor/MattFraction and Steven Sanders' comic, ''ComicBook/TheFiveFistsOfScience'', features Twain and his real life friend UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla fighting an [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade evil]] ThomasEdison.

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* Creastor/MattFraction and Steven Sanders' comic, ''ComicBook/TheFiveFistsOfScience'', features Twain and his real life friend UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla fighting an [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade evil]] ThomasEdison.UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison.
14th Jun '17 6:04:16 PM Ilshan
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Twain was also a walking contradiction, and prided himself on it. He was from a slave state and (briefly) joined the Confederate Army, but was an Abolitionist. He was anti-Imperialism and crusaded for the poor, but himself was into {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s, obsessed with being rich, and befriended the very capitalists he derided, such as Andrew Carnegie. (When told by a friend, "Old Carnegie's money is all tainted!", he replied, "Yes, it is. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.") He was also best-buddies with NikolaTesla.

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Twain was also a walking contradiction, and prided himself on it. He was from a slave state and (briefly) joined the Confederate Army, but was an Abolitionist. He was anti-Imperialism and crusaded for the poor, but himself was into {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s, obsessed with being rich, and befriended the very capitalists he derided, such as Andrew Carnegie. (When told by a friend, "Old Carnegie's money is all tainted!", he replied, "Yes, it is. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.") He was also best-buddies with NikolaTesla.
NikolaTesla and befriended a young half-American Boer War veteran named [[UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill]] during a lecture tour.
17th Feb '17 10:15:16 PM StevieC
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Twain was also a walking contradiction, and prided himself on it. He was from a slave state and (briefly) joined the Confederate Army, but was an Abolitionist. He was anti-Imperialism and crusaded for the poor, but himself was into {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s, obsessed with being rich, and befriended the very capitalists he derided, such as Andrew Carnegie. (When told by a friend, "Old Carnegie's money is all tainted!", he replied, "Yes, it is. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.")

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Twain was also a walking contradiction, and prided himself on it. He was from a slave state and (briefly) joined the Confederate Army, but was an Abolitionist. He was anti-Imperialism and crusaded for the poor, but himself was into {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s, obsessed with being rich, and befriended the very capitalists he derided, such as Andrew Carnegie. (When told by a friend, "Old Carnegie's money is all tainted!", he replied, "Yes, it is. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.")
") He was also best-buddies with NikolaTesla.
15th Sep '16 10:24:59 PM DustSnitch
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* He is ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed the inspiration for]]'' Colonel Sassacre in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.

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* He is ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed the inspiration for]]'' for]] Colonel Sassacre in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who has a dog named Halley.
18th Aug '16 9:10:13 PM AnotherGuy
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** Picard is upset he can only speak to Twain for a few moments, wanting to get to know him better. Twain smiles and replies that Picard only needs to read his books. All of Twain is in his work.
18th Aug '16 7:29:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* CovertPervert: He was shocked, '''''shocked''''' at the topless natives in {{Hawaii}}. So much he covered his eyes with his hands - but left room to peak through them, naturally.[[note]]This is a recycled joke he'd made about Can Can Dancers. Keep in mind, those girls did ''not'' wear underwear when they were doing those high kicks.[[/note]]

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* CovertPervert: He was shocked, '''''shocked''''' at the topless natives in {{Hawaii}}.UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}. So much he covered his eyes with his hands - but left room to peak through them, naturally.[[note]]This is a recycled joke he'd made about Can Can Dancers. Keep in mind, those girls did ''not'' wear underwear when they were doing those high kicks.[[/note]]
12th Jul '16 6:10:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/TalesDesignedToThrizzle'' he and AlbertEinstein are [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cops]].

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* In ''ComicBook/TalesDesignedToThrizzle'' he and AlbertEinstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein are [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cops]].
4th Jun '16 8:55:43 AM eroock
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