Mark Twain’s Illustrated Advice to Little Girls

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It is unknown whether it was Mark Twain's actual intention for little girls to read this humorous short story published in 1867, and with selections like "You should ever bear in mind that it is to your kind parents that you are indebted for your food," we think it's safe to say this work wasn't ever meant to be published as a children's book. That hasn't stopped author/illustrator Vladimir Radunsky from turning his piece into a fully illustrated work. In fact, the artist has taken on many other works from different authors and provided illustrations for them as well.

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View Vladimir Radunsky's other works here. [New York Review Of Books Via Flavorpill]

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Good little girls ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense. This retaliation should only be resorted to under peculiarly aggravated circumstances.

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If you have nothing but a rag-doll stuffed with sawdust, while one of your more fortunate little playmates has a costly China one, you should treat her with a show of kindness nevertheless. And you ought not to attempt to make a forcible swap with her unless your conscience would justify you in it, and you know you are able to do it.

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You ought never to take your little brother's "chewing-gum" away from him by main force; it is better to rope him in with the promise of the first two dollars and a half you find floating down the river on a grindstone. In the artless simplicity natural to this time of life, he will regard it as a perfectly fair transaction. In all ages of the world this eminently plausible fiction has lured the obtuse infant to financial ruin and disaster.

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If at any time you find it necessary to correct your brother, do not correct him with mud — never, on any account, throw mud at him, because it will spoil his clothes. It is better to scald him a little, for then you obtain desirable results. You secure his immediate attention to the lessons you are inculcating and at the same time your hot water will have a tendency to move impurities from his person, and possibly the skin, in spots.

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If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won't. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the matter according to the dictates of your best judgment.

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You should ever bear in mind that it is to your kind parents that you are indebted for your food, and for the privilege of staying home from school when you let on that you are sick. Therefore you ought to respect their little prejudices, and humor their little whims, and put up with their little foibles until they get to crowding you too much.

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Good little girls always show marked deference for the aged. You ought never to "sass" old people unless they "sass" you first.

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BringerofthePain

The bit about luring "the obtuse infant to financial ruin and disaster" is the story of this youngest sibling's life. Nothing teaches you the value of a dollar like 2 grifter older sisters.