“The report of my death was an exaggeration…” (Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
NARRATOR: Sam stayed busy giving speeches, granting interviews, and writing commentary. He accepted honors and accolades, including an honorary doctorate from Oxford University. His daughter, Clara, married and moved away. Daughter Jean had suffered from epilepsy for years and often lived in sanitariums where doctors searched for a cure. Lonesome for each other, Jean came home to live with her father. Their days together were sweet, and made more poignant by their brevity. Jean died of a seizure that Christmas Eve in 1909 just a short time after coming to live with her father. Clemens’ grief was profound, and his own days were numbered.
TWAIN: “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’” (Autobiography)