Rebecca West

  • Excerpts

    MARK TWAIN

    I think interviewing as an institution is good enough where the man under torture has something to confess, and the torturer knows how to worry it out of him.

    SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REGISTER, OCTOBER 14, 1895

    MR. T.: The fact is, I detest elevators, and I’m not ashamed to own it.

    R.: Then you like walking?

    MR. T.: Much better. I do my own walking and talking and write my own books, which is more than everyone can say.

    R.: You don’t believe in plagiarizing then?

    MR. T.: No, sir; I never plagiarize—unless I can do it successfully.

    R.: Do I understand that you never have done it?

    MR. T.: