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- Description[...]respectful to his neighbor who possessed three. And if he was a man above the common-place, he was as conspicuously energetic in his determination to acquire three for himself. This spirit of emulation invaded all ranks. Votes based upon capital were commonly called mortal votes, because they could be lost; those based upon learning were called immortal, because they were permanent, and because of their customarily imperishable character they were naturally more valued than the other sort. I say customarily for the reason that these votes were t absolutely imperishable, since insanity could suspend them. Under this system, gambling and speculation almost ceased in the republic. A man houred as the possessor of great voting power could t afford to risk the loss of it upon a doubtful chance. It was curious to observe the manners and customs which the enlargement plan produced. Walking the street with a friend one day he delivered a careless bow to a passer-by, and then remarked that that person possessed only one vote and would probably never earn ather; he was more respectful to the next acquaintance he met; he explained that this salute was a four-vote bow. I tried to average the importance of the people he accosted after that, by the nature of his bows, but my success was only partial, because of the somewhat greater homage[...].
- Author(s)Mark Twain
- Date of Publication01/07/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight86 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine3 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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