Idiot of 33rd degree

In Excerpts from internet on June 16, 2010 by Vikas Tagged:

By the year 1905 Mark Twain was in ill health, apart from the fact that he had lost his daughter, son and wife. Mark Twain later in his life was sent a letter advocating a patent medicine which supposedly cured all the diseases that he was suffering from and all those from which his family members died of. The medicine was called as elixir of life. The letter sent to him was long( you might not want to read (p1,p2,p3,p4)

Enraged by this, Twain sent a superb letter to the salesman who just attempted to sell him a bogus medicine.The letter said :

Much needed transcript follows.

Nov. 20. 1905

J. H. Todd
1212 Webster St.
San Francisco, Cal.

Dear Sir,

Your letter is an insoluble puzzle to me. The handwriting is good and exhibits considerable character, and there are even traces of intelligence in what you say, yet the letter and the accompanying advertisements profess to be the work of the same hand. The person who wrote the advertisements is without doubt the most ignorant person now alive on the planet; also without doubt he is an idiot, an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link. It puzzles me to make out how the same hand could have constructed your letter and your advertisements. Puzzles fret me, puzzles annoy me, puzzles exasperate me; and always, for a moment, they arouse in me an unkind state of mind toward the person who has puzzled me. A few moments from now my resentment will have faded and passed and I shall probably even be praying for you; but while there is yet time I hasten to wish that you may take a dose of your own poison by mistake, and enter swiftly into the damnation which you and all other patent medicine assassins have so remorselessly earned and do so richly deserve.

Adieu, adieu, adieu!

Mark Twain




I just hope Spain does add some sparks to the otherwise yet lame world cup.


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