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A Horse's Tale

A Horse's Tale by Mark Twain
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A Horse’s Tale is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill’s favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. With a fanciful mix of points of view, we hear the story of Cathy and her relationship with Soldier Boy and the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry. A surprisingly graphic depiction of a Spanish bullfight leaves no doubt where Mark Twain’s sympathies lie. (Introduction by John Greenman & Wikipedia)

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Transcribed by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk

A HORSE'S TALE

CHAPTER I SOLDIER BOY PRIVATELY TO HIMSELF

I am Buffalo Bill's horse. I have spent my life under his saddle with him in it, too, and he is good for two hundred pounds, without his clothes; and there is no telling how much he does weigh when he is out on the war path and has his batteries belted on. He is over six feet, is young, hasn't an ounce of waste flesh, is straight, graceful, springy in his motions, quick as a cat, and has a handsome face, and black hair dangling down on his shoulders, and is beautiful to look at; and nobody is braver than he is, and nobody is stronger, except myself. Yes, a person that doubts that he is fine to see should see him in his beaded buck skins, on my back and his rifle peeping above his shoulder, chasing a hostile trail, with me going like the wind and his hair streaming out behind from the shelter of his broad slouch. Yes, he is a sight to look at then and I'm part of it myself.

I am his favorite horse, out of dozens. Big as he is, I have carried him eighty one miles between nightfall and sunrise on the scout; and I am good for fifty, day in and day out, and all the time... Continue reading book >>


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