CHAPTER XX Working Days in New York

Some of the time when dictating, Father walked the floor instead of lying in bed, and then it always seemed as if a new spirit had flown into the room. There was something supernatural in his ability to pour out thoughts that flowed in finished phrases. He would start, for instance, to give a history of man, leading him from Adam through all the mysterious recesses of the ages and end by giving comparisons between the qualities of man and the housefly, or man and the tiger. The gestures he naturally used to emphasize his speech, and the poses that belonged to his personality, turned such hours into dramatic experiences.

Father gradually fell into the way again of accepting invitations to dinners and banquets, at which he invariably had to speak. And almost daily newspaper reporters telephoned for his opinion on this or that matter until he was even more in the public eye than ever before. In fact, he enjoyed the title of "the belle of New York." He came to be a good deal more than an entertaining figure, however, for his advice was solicited on weighty matters by all types of people. An editorial in the Evening Mail said:

" Mark Twain in his 'last and best of life for which the first was made' seems to be advancing rapidly to a

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