A curious response, funny as told by Mark Twain, concerning his questioning his mother about his having been a sickly child:

“I suppose during all that time you were uneasy about me?”

“Yes, the whole time.”

“Afraid I wouldn’t live?”

After a reflexive pause – ostensibly to think out the facts –

“No – afraid you would.”

Source: Mark Twain, Autobiography of Mark Twain, H.E. Smith (ed.) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), vol. I, p. 37

Image credit: Mark Twain, America’s Best Humorist, illus. in: Puck, v. 18, no. 458 (1885 December 16), back cover.


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