Twain's most famous account of being lost in a hotel room occurs in Chapter 8 of A TRAMP ABROAD (1880), but the exact quotation the teacher wants does not appear there. However, the passage is still very amusing: "I rose up and made staight for the door,--as I supposed,--and suddenly confronted my dim spectral image in the unbroken mirror. It startled the breath out of me, for an instant; it also showed me that I was lost, and had no sort of idea where I was."
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Kiskis
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:24 AM
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Subject: FW: Twain Quote
A little help. =20
I received a note from a local teacher who is working on a curriculum on
Mark Twain for the 4th and 5th grades. She emailed me the note below
looking for help to identify the quote. I admit that I can't recall
where it (or if it) appears in any Twain work.
If anyone has some idea, please let me know. And I will pass the
Thanks very much.
Michael J. Kiskis
Leonard Tydings Grant Professor of American Literature
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
I have been unable to find the Twain quote that I was asking about last
night. I'll just paraphrase it and hope that someone out there will
recognize it and be able to relay it back as the author intended it to
be. I really appreciate your help.=20
' Like walking a hallway in the dark-- you've done it a hundred times
before, with nothing but bare feet and faith. '