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    Blue jays

    Hi there,
    Could anyone please help me with the following sentence taken from a Mark Twain story.

    If a jay ain't human, he better take in his sign, that's all.

    You can find the whole story in the las paragraph in the link:

    CHAPTER II - Heidelberg - Landing a Monarch at Heidelberg

    And the following sentence,

    ... however, I ain't got no time to fool around here, I got to "tend to business"; I reckon it's all right--chance it, anyway.'

    What does "chance it anyway mean"

    You may find this sentence in the second part of the above link given below:

    CHAPTER III-Baker's Bluejay Yarn- What Stumped the Blue Jays

    Sorry about the lengthy post, and appreciate all your help.

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    Re: Blue jays

    I just love to read Mark Twain

    To answer your questions.... The story leading up to the sentence If a jay ain't human, he better take in his sign, that's all. Talks about all the human characteristics of the Blue Jay... the use of the word sign is a metaphor a list of the human characteristics of the Blue Jay. It is as if through the human characteristics displayed by the bird, the bird was holding a sign which read "I am Human".

    To chance it simply means to accept the risk. If you purchase a lottery ticket then you are taking a chance (accepting the risk) that you will loose.

    I hope this helps,


    Quote Originally Posted by karitaru View Post
    Hi there,
    Could anyone please help me with the following sentence taken from a Mark Twain story.

    If a jay ain't human, he better take in his sign, that's all.

    You can find the whole story in the las paragraph in the link:

    CHAPTER II - Heidelberg - Landing a Monarch at Heidelberg

    And the following sentence,

    ... however, I ain't got no time to fool around here, I got to "tend to business"; I reckon it's all right--chance it, anyway.'

    What does "chance it anyway mean"

    You may find this sentence in the second part of the above link given below:

    CHAPTER III-Baker's Bluejay Yarn- What Stumped the Blue Jays

    Sorry about the lengthy post, and appreciate all your help.

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    Re: Blue jays

    Hi Carl thank you so much for your help.
    It really makes sense.

    Do you think you can help me with the definition of the "great pitt" in the story:

    The Canvasser's Tale by Mark Twain

    The only thing that comes to mind after some googling is a relation to Pittsburgh.

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