It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing — I used to be a good boy, for that matter. Both of us have lost character of late years.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer [pseud. of Samuel Clemens]
The Innocents Abroad, ch. 57 (1869)
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2 Responses to The Innocents Abroad, ch. 57 (1869)

  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    Interestingly, I found an earlier version of this quote, written 19 April 1867 and published 2 June 1867, in which Twain named the Heming Hotel rather than the Benton:

    • Dave says:

      Ha! A busy writer learns how to borrow from himself. I suppose he figured that nobody reading a published book by him would spot that he had lifted an anecdote from a newspaper column in distant California.

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