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Gregg Camfield <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:07:12 -0700
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I beleive you want to look at a speech often titled "Accident Insurance, etc."  Harper's reprints it in the _Great Short Works Of Mark Twain_ volume, which has many textual anomalies but it readily available for this purpose.


----- Original Message -----
From: Sandra Uetz <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:29 am
Subject: Re: question

> Jim,
>  I wonder if you mean the short story, "Political Economy"?  It 
> has a similar plot, a lightning-rod salesman is trying to sell the 
> author "insurance" against his house being struck, and it is one 
> of my all time favorites.  Of course, others on the Forum may know 
> exactly what story you mean, but this is the one I thought most 
> closely resembled what you described.  I could be wrong, though, 
> as I'm sure anyone who knows Twain's works better than I do will 
> be quick to provide a correction.
>  Regards,
>  Sandra Littleton Uetz
> jim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  I discovered Twain probably 25 years ago and quickly devoured 
> everythingI could get my hands on. I've enjoyed lurking here but 
> find I don't
> have time to always read the post. For this reason I intend to sign
> off. Before I go I have a question. When reading many of Twain's short
> works I thought I read a short story in which a life insurance 
> salesmanwas attempting to make a sale to the author. The author's 
> take on the
> idea of betting you will die was hilarious. Did Mark Twain write
> anything like this? I've asked others in the past without a
> satisfactory answer. It seemed so "Twain" like - at least in my 
> memory.I hesitate to post such a question as a simple layman but 
> where am I to
> turn if not here? Tell me I'm mistaken and I can let this go and die
> peacefully. It's bothered me for years, I need to know.
> Jim