Monday, March 23, 2020

Sociable on short acquaintance

We voyaged by steamer down the Lago di Lecco, through wild mountain scenery, and by hamlets and villas, and disembarked at the town of Lecco.

They said it was two hours, by carriage to the ancient city of Bergamo, and that we would arrive there in good season for the railway train.

We got an open barouche and a wild, boisterous driver, and set out. It was delightful. We had a fast team and a perfectly smooth road.

There were towering cliffs on our left, and the pretty Lago di Lecco on our right, and every now and then it rained on us.

Just before starting, the driver picked up, in the street, a stump of a cigar an inch long, and put it in his mouth.

When he had carried it thus about an hour, I thought it would be only Christian charity to give him a light.

I handed him my cigar, which I had just lit, and he put it in his mouth and returned his stump to his pocket!

I never saw a more sociable man. At least I never saw a man who was more sociable on a short acquaintance.
Source: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

This reminds me of an old joke.

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