I don't think "sitting quietly" was Twain's idea of a good time.
I think commanding the rapt attention of everyone within earshot and keeping it until it was time to go to bed (and then some) was his idea of a good time. You'd just have to supply the bad cigars.
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From: Carmela Valente <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 10:49:57 AM
Subject: Twain at my house
Dear Good Folks:
I often think that if Mark Twain were a guest at my home, even though I
loved his humor, I would have told him to be himself and not feel that he
had to be "on display" but if he needed to sit quietly, just do so. Also, I
would inform him that if there was a situation in his life that warranted a
good cry, to go ahead and do that also. In his correspondences, was there
anyone who echoed my sentiments?