courtesy of "Mark Twain in His Times"
"I had rather die
twice over than repeat the last
six months of my life. Do you know that for seven months
I have not had my natural rest but have been a night and day sick-nurse
to my wife?--and still...yet must...
now...write a damned humorous article...promised...when I thought that
the vials of hellfire bottled up for
my benefit must be about emptied...I believe that if the baby goes on
crying 3 more hours this way I will burst
my frantic brains out and try to get some peace." letter to William Dean Howells, March 1871,
as quoted in Mark Twain