By Mark Twain
Illustrated by Lester Ralph
Translated from the Original
SATURDAY.--I am almost a whole day old, now.
I arrived yesterday.
That is as it seems to me.
And it must be so, for if there was a
day-before-yesterday I was not there when it happened, or I should
It could be, of course, that it did happen, and that I
was not noticing. Very well
day-before-yesterdays happen I will make a note of it. It will be best
to start right and not let the record get confused, for some instinct
tells me that these details are going to be important to the historian
For I feel like an experiment, I feel exactly like an
experiment than I do, and so I am coming to feel convinced that that
is what I AM--an experiment
Then if I am an experiment, am I the whole of it?
No, I think not
think the rest of it is part of it.
I am the main part of it, but I
think the rest of it has its share in the matter.
Is my position
assured, or do I have to watch it and take care of it? The latter,
Some instinct tells me that eternal vigilance is the price
[That is a good phrase, I think, for one so young.]
Everything looks better today than it did yesterday.
In the rush of
finishing up yesterday, the mountains were left in a ragged condition,
and some of the plains were so cluttered with rubbish and remnants that
the aspects were quite distressing.
Noble and beautiful works of art
should not be subjected to haste
a most noble and beautiful work.
And certainly marvelously near to
being perfect, notwithstanding the shortness of the time. There are too
many stars in some places and not enough in others, but that can be
remedied presently, no doubt.
The moon got loose last night, and slid
down and fell out of the scheme--a very great loss
to think of it.
There isn't another thing among the ornaments and
decorations that is comparable to it for beauty and finish.
have been fastened better. If we can only get it back again--
But of course there is no telling where it went to.
whoever gets it will hide it
I believe I can be honest in all other matters, but I already begin to