Posted by Bob on May 09, 2004
In Reply to: Pls, make it clear for me! posted by CjK on May 09, 2004
: This is from Mark Twain's 'A Telephonic Conversation'... http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5756/
: "It's forty-ninth Deuteronomy, sixty-fourth to ninety-seventh inclusive." ... I cannot figure out what these fractions made from. At first, I guessed they're chapters & pages. I've searched for Deuteronomy, there are only 34 chapters, and 29 paragraphs in chapter 9. ... I'm not a Christain nor English native speaker. Pls, make it clear for me!
Twain was an English native speaker of some distinction, but most definitely not a Christian. He was bitterly anti-religious (one of his more endearing traits) and in this passage he's poking fun a bible-quoting people.