Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Life on the Mississippi
'This was frightful! I seized the bell-ropes and stopped the engines.
‘Quarter twain! Quarter twain! Mark twain!’' - Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain's name comes from river sounding calls. Mark twain means on the mark of two fathoms, which I gather was good enough for the draft of these boats.