Mon, 5 Jan 1998 20:16:14 -0500
Sounds like your friend is wildly exaggerating Clemens's
friendships with his "Aquarium" friends, little girls who
acted as grandchildren for the old man.
Some have tried to read darker motives
into these relationships, and you might check out
Hamlin Hill's Mark Twain: God's Fool for one
interpretaiton. Look in your Twain library and look for references to
the "Aquruum" or "Anglelfish."
You might tell your friend that Disney made a TV movie about one of
these relationships, "Mark Twain and Me" based on his
friendship with the young Dorothy Quick. Tell your friend
Disney was never one to bank on pedophiles, and
certainly wouldn't make a movie based on such activity.
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