German laundry could not have acquired this perfect ignorance of how
to do up a shirt without able instruction--one easily sees England in
it. Your collar is like a horse-collar; your shirt can stand alone and
when you get into it you feel ready for crime. It is a wonder they do
not have more crime here, but it is increasing as adoption of clean shirts
spreads among the social democrats.
more on Twain's association with Ralph Ashcroft, see Karen Lystra's DANGEROUS
(University of California Press, 2004).
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