Humor of Mark Twain's German

Humor of Mark Twain’s German is adapted from his book A Tramp Abroad [1880]

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I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle,

and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German.

I spoke entirely in that language.

He was greatly interested;

and after I had talked a while

he said my German was very rare,

possibly a "unique";

and wanted to add it to his museum.

If he had known what it had cost me to acquire my art, he would also have known that it would break any collector to buy it.

Harris and I had been hard at work on our German during several weeks at that time,

and although we had made good progress,

it had been accomplished under great difficulty and annoyance,

for three of our teachers had died in the mean time.

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