Originally the story was called THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS.
When the book was finished and I came to look around to see what had become of the team I had originally started out with-- Aunt Patsy Cooper, Aunt Betsy Hale, and two boys, and Rowena the lightweight heroine--they were nowhere to be seen; they had disappeared from the story some time or other.
The second old man had not sooner heard the story
than he, too, decided to stay there to see what would happen.
Of course, there are terrible longueurs in it, and you do get tired of the same story
told over and over from the different points of view, and yet it is such a great story
, and unfolded with such a magnificent breadth and noble fulness, that one who blames it lightly blames himself heavily.
Princess Ozma, whom I love as much as my readers do, is again introduced in this story
, and so are several of our old friends of Oz.
Well, anyway, it's a perfectly elegant story
, Anne, and will make you famous, of that I'm sure.
It was nothing but the repetition, the endless mechanical repetition, of her demand for the story
--"Tell us the story
It's so much more romantic to end a story
up with a funeral than a wedding.
But as we dropped into our places the Story
Girl shot a significant glance at me which intimated that this was the psychological moment for introducing the scheme she and I had been secretly developing for some days.
277 E) that Sophocles followed the Epic Cycle closely in the plots of his plays, we may suppose that in outline the story
corresponded closely to the history of Oedipus as it is found in the "Oedipus Tyrannus".
There can be no doubt that this strange family story
of ours ought to be told.
But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse; and the story
is left to be told, for the first time, in this place.
As for the story
itself it is true enough in its essentials.
Neither was the story
itself ever enlarged upon in my hearing.
It is true that the original of this story
is put into new words, and the style of the famous lady we here speak of is a little altered; particularly she is made to tell her own tale in modester words that she told it at first, the copy which came first to hand having been written in language more like one still in Newgate than one grown penitent and humble, as she afterwards pretends to be.