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1. The visit of an unknown man.
2. The talk.
3. The decision to find out about the neighbour's business.
4. Visitor's successful attempt to find out my income.
( Key Words:
The first visitor; branch of business; particular; to appear ignorant;
his customers; we began talking; presence of mind; to find out all about
his business; my lecturing money; income from; nearly; any mistake.
A Mysterious Visit
After Mark Twain
The first visitor that came to see me was a gentleman who said he was an
assessor, and connected with the U.S. Internal Revenue Department1.1
1 had never heard of his branch of business before, but I was very glad
to see him. Would he sit down? He sat down. I did not know anything
particular to say, and I asked him if he was opening his shop in our
He said he was. (I did not wish to appear ignorant, but I hoped he would
say what he was going to sell.)
I asked him, "How was trade?" And he said, "So-so".
I then said we would visit him and become his customers.
He said he thought we would like his establishment.
I do not know how it happened, but we began talking.
We talked, and talked, and talked — and we laughed, and laughed, and
laughed. But all the time I had my presence of mind about me. I decided
to find out all about his business — and thought I would have it out of
him without his suspecting what I wanted. I would tell him all about my
own business, and he would naturally forget himself, and tell me all
about his affairs. I said:
"Now you never would guess what I made lecturing this winter and last
"No — I could not. Say seventeen hundred, maybe?"
"Ha! I knew you couldn't! My lecturing money for last spring and this
winter were fourteen thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars.
"Why, it is amazing — perfectly amazing, even this wasn't all?"
"All! Why, bless you2, there was my income from the newspaper for four
months eight thousand dollars, for example?"
"Eight thousand! I'll make a note of it".
"There's my book, The Innocents Abroad — price from $3.50 to $5. Listen
to me. During the last four months and a half, we've sold ninety-five
thousand copies of that book. Average four dollars a copy. It's nearly
four hundred thousand dollars, my son. I get half".
"My God! Fourteen — seven — fifty — eight — two thousand".
"Possible! If there's any mistake it's the other way.3 Two hundred and
fourteen thousand, cash, is my income for this year if I know
( Proper names:
Mark Twain [ ] — Марк Твен
1 the U.S. Internal Revenue Department — департамент податків і зборів
2 bless you —нехай йому чорт
3 If there's any mistake it's the other way.— Якщо є помилка, то інша
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1. The electronic toys for children and grown-ups.
2. The influence of video games.
3. Types of games.
4. The process of making such games.
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