RARA-AVIS: Mark Twain & Bridget O'Shaughnessy

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 26 Feb 2004

Mark Twain wrote "Life on the Mississippi" in 1883.

In Chapter 43 of that great book we find:
"And there 's one thing in this world which you don't have to worry around after a person to get him to pay for. And that 's a coffin. Undertaking?--why it 's the dead-surest business in Christendom, and the nobbiest."

A few lines later, Twain has a character saying:
" 'D'ye mane to soy that Bridget O'Shaughnessy bought the mate to that joo-ul box to ship that drunken divil to Purgatory in?'

Does anyone know Hammett's relationship with this curiosity?

In advance, I thank you so very much.

Frederick Zackel

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