He appeared to enjoy beyond everything the sound of his own voice. i couldn't wonder at that, for it was mellow and full and gave great importance to every word he uttered. he listened to himself with obvious satisfaction and sometimes gently beat time to his own music with his head or rounded a sentence with his hand.
I have never heard enough classical music to be able to enjoy it; & the simple truth is, i detest it. Not mildly, but will all my heart. To me an opera is the very climax & cap-stone of the absurd, the fantastic the unjustifiable. I hate the very name of opera - partly because of the nights of suffering i have endured in its presence, & partly because i want to love it and can't.
He that plays the king shall be welcome- his majesty shallhave tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil andtarget; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shallend his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whoselungs are tickle o' th' sere; and the lady shall say her mindfreely, or the blank verse shall halt fort.
The proverb says, "born lucky, always lucky," and i am very superstitious. As a small boy i was notoriously lucky. It was usual for one or two of our lads (per annum) to get drowned in the mississippi or in bear creek, but i was pulled out in a 2/3 drowned condition 9 times before i learned to swim, and was considered to be a cat in disguise.