Wednesday, August 10, 2011


If you have any questions to ask—ask them freely—and if it be in my power, I will answer without reserve—without reserve.

I asked a few questions of minor importance—paid her $2 and left—under the decided impression that going to the fortune-teller's was just as good as going to the opera, and cost scarcely a trifle more—ergo, I will disguise myself and go again, one of these days, when other amusements fail. 
- Mark Twain ~ Fragment of a letter to his brother Orion Clemens New Orleans, February 6, 1861 
[The clairvoyant of this visit was Madame Caprell, famous in her day.  Fee was $2; address, 37 Conti Street]

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