A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale

by Mark Twain
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A Dog's Tale by Mark Twain

My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do not know these nice distinctions myself. To me they are only fine large words meaning nothing. My mother had a fondness for such; she liked to say them, and see other dogs look surprised and envious, as wondering how she got so much education. But, indeed, it was not real education; it was only show: she got the words by listening in the dining-room and drawing-room when there was company, and by going with the children to Sunday-school and listening there; and whenever she heard a large word she said it over to herself many times, and so was able to keep it until there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood, then she would get it off, and surprise and distress them all, from pocket-pup to mastiff, which rewarded her for all her trouble. If there was a stranger he was nearly sure to be suspicious, and when he got his breath again he would ask her what it meant. And she always told him. He was never expecting this but thought he would catch her; so when she told him, he was the one that looked ashamed, whereas he had thought it was going to be she.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494807184
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2013
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. He gained national attention as a humorist in 1865 with the publication of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1885). In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill-fated Paige typesetter, an invention designed to make the printing process fully automatic. At the height of his naively optimistic involvement in the technological "wonder" that nearly drove him to bankruptcy, he published his satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). Plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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A Dog's Tale 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely quaint little tale about a heroic dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Human beings are truly lower than ANY dog. Great, yet very sad story.
mattplayspiano More than 1 year ago
Charming little 12-page story; the end sort of makes you loathe humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocked by the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't ruin the book, but it has a sad ending. It was an interesting and well-written story, however, and I enjoyed it. It was a good ten-minute read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love Mark Twain. Great shorter story
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I would like to know why there is not many free dogs story I hope someday there will be a free book on ladies the collie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet story about the life of a dog, serving as a sort of parable of the inhumanity of man and the humanity of the "dumb brutes".
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"Dog" refers to a black slave, and not the aculal four leged beast. This, Twain was writing a hidden, anit-slavery story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't impressed with Twain's writing for this tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this dog right away so cute so sad Mark twain was such a fabulous writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! A little confusing, though.
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What happens in this book written by the famous mark twain
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