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Mark Twain's A Tramp Abroad - Everetts Library


Title: A Tramp Abroad
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Everetts Library
Publication Date: Undated
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. The dust jacket is very worn

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Reader's note

Explore the world with this wonderful edition of A Tramp Abroad by the most excellent Mark Twain. His commentary on women's work in Europe is most telling -The women do all kinds of work on the continent. They dig, they hoe, they reap, they sow, they bear monstrous burdens on their backs, they shove similar ones long distances on wheelbarrows, they drag the cart when there is no dog or lean cow to drag it—and when there is, they assist the dog or cow. Age is no matter—the older the woman the stronger she is, apparently. On the farm a woman’s duties are not defined—she does a little of everything; but in the towns it is different, there she only does certain things, the men do the rest. For instance, a hotel chambermaid has nothing to do but make beds and fires in fifty or sixty rooms, bring towels and candles, and fetch several tons of water up several flights of stairs, a hundred pounds at a time, in prodigious metal pitchers. She does not have to work more than eighteen or twenty hours a day, and she can always get down on her knees and scrub the floors of halls and closets when she is tired and needs a rest. Witty and unforgettable!