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    The Canvasser's Tale

    Hi there.
    Sorry about the seemingly infinite amount of questions about Mark Twains writings.

    My two questions are related to the story:

    The Canvasser's Tale, a short story by Mark Twain

    Can anyone please give me a sensible meaning of the "great pitt?" the only thing that comes to mind is Pittsburgh.

    And please explain the meaning of the underlined, because it really makes no sense whatsoever to me:

    "And at last that other collector, with a malignity which only a collector can ever feel toward a man and a brother, proceeded to cut down his hill!"

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: The Canvasser's Tale

    a great pit - a big hole in the ground
    a man and a brother - a kndred soul

    (It's a funny story.)



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    Thanks for the link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    a great pit - a big hole in the ground


    Wait it is pitt not pit.

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    Re: The Canvasser's Tale

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Thanks for the link!
    You welcome Karen.
    You can check the complete short stories of Mark twain and complete sketches at amazon. Check the table of contents. I think that all the stories in the two collections are available online. A simple googling should do the job.
    And keep checking my posts, I am sure to ask more questions about more Twain stories.

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    Re: The Canvasser's Tale

    Quote Originally Posted by karitaru View Post
    Wait! It is pitt, not pit.
    I know, but aside from the spelling it is the same.


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