Curses & Twain

Mark Twain’s billiards room took up the entire third floor of the Hartford, Connecticut home he occupied from 1871 to 1891. His wife and children were prohibited from entering, being required to make do with only the lower two levels of the house. The billiards room was for Twain and male guests only, a retreat from the domestic chaos below. Explained the author:

“There ought to be a room in this house to swear in. It’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that… under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

Mark Twain's Hartford billiards room.


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