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The Shattered Idol — episode 120

1. Why was the stage stopping at the McCain Ranch?
There was a problem with the wheel – the axel was broken nearly in half

2. Who was the passenger on the stage?
Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain

3. Where was he headed? Why?
Santa Fe / lecture engagement

4. How did Mark feel about meeting Mark Twain?
He was excited. He always wanted to meet Mark Twain

5. Twain was agitated with the stage being delayed and with Mark wanted to know about the post history game and he was asking too many questions. What did he say to Mark?
“I haven’t got time for all these questions, boy! Puzzle it out for yourself!”

6. What room did Twain ask for at the hotel? What was the number of his room?
A room where he wouldn't be disturbed / room #24

7. What was the book Roughing It about?
Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west

8. What did Russell challenge Twain to?
A game of pool

9. Mark ran into Twain at the fishing hole, what did Mark say that upset Twain so much?
He talked about Huckleberry Finn

10. Twain was so rude to Mark what happened after that?
He kept yelling at Mark and yelled Huckleberry Fin was dead over and over again

11. After Lucas told Twain about talking to Mark that way, Twain walked away. What happened next?
Lucas found a letter on the ground about his son's death.

12. What did Lucas find in the wast basket?
Mark's book, Tom Sawyer

13. Lucas gave Mark the letter that he found and told Mark to read it. What did Mark say?
"I don't care about anything that has to do with him!”

14. What was in the letter?
The letter read his son Langdon died a few months ago

15. Why did he blame himself for his sons death?
He took him riding in an open carriage on a very cold day. The blanket slipped off. Mr. Twain didn't notice because he was thinking about his story he was writing. That night Langdon came down with diphtheria. Mr. Twain never forgave himself, he's been running ever since.

16. Lucas returned the letter to Twain and told him he knew how he felt. What was Twain's respsonse?
He told Lucas he couldn't possible know. The past is unchangeable.

17. Russell wanted a chance to win his money back from twain in another pool game. What was the stakes this time?
A hundred dollars

18. Mark knew Twain had lost on purpose. What did Mark shout?
"Mr. Twain’s got losers rights too!"

19. The next wager was precious to Twain, what was it? Why was it so important to Twain?
A pocket watch that had a sentimental value. "It was a gift to me to celebrate…the birth of my son."

20. What did Twain do before he left North Fork?
He promised Mark he’d finish the story of Huckleberry Finn

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