Clemens takes a gentle jab at Clara's singing career: "Ah dear heart, I am very sorry you are not going to be able to sing The Two Grenadiers but I shan't be sorry if you are with us instead of out on the concert stage singing to strangers." Clemens would have to wait until August to see his daughter for the first time in over a year.
Making oblique reference to his work, No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger, Clemens writes: "I have spent the day reading the book I wrote in Florence. I destroyed 125 pages of it, & expect to go over it again tomorrow & destroy 25 more. then I think I will take hold of it & finish it, dropping the microbe book meantime." Clemens worked on the story intermittently until 1908 when he set it aside for good; No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger was published posthumously in 1969. "The long interruptions in his work and the traumas in his personal life are reflected in the manuscript's uneven tone and incompletely integrated story lines. Although his overall story line appears to be complete, he clearly left the final integration of its complex final chapters unfinished" (Rasmussen, Mark Twain A to Z, p. 342)
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