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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Penguin Classics) by Stephen Leacock

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By Stephen Leacock

WITH AN creation by means of WILL FERGUSON

Stephen Leacock was once one of many bestselling English-language humorists on the earth. known as “The Canadian Mark Twain,” his most renowned ebook used to be Sunshine Sketches of a bit Town, released in 1912.

Sunshine Sketches of a bit Town, which first seemed as a newspaper serial, chronicles existence within the fictional neighborhood of Mariposa, modelled on Orillia, Ontario, the place Leacock spent many summers. It’s a super satire approximately small cities, small-town humans, and small-town occurrences.

Life in Mariposa isn't uninteresting or traditional. It’s a city filled with eccentrics, the place boats despatched to rescue passengers from a sinking steamer need to be rescued themselves, the place the top citizen is a 280-pound illiterate saloonkeeper, and the place a barber who stumbles right into a fortune is heralded as a monetary wizard.

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I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

Then I shall drop you. ‘I am one person – myself. I do not impersonate Catullus, whom I adore. I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

But now we have regained our territory after that brief brush with the bicycles and the lime scent and the vanishing figures in the distracted street. Here we are masters of tranquillity and order; inheritors of proud tradition. The lights are beginning to make yellow slits across the square. Mists from the river are filling these ancient spaces. They cling, gently, to the hoary stone. The leaves now are thick in country lanes, sheep cough in the damp fields; but here in your room we are dry. We talk privately.

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