Chang & Eng


By clicking on the picture at the right you can see a poster advertising the appearance of Chang and Eng, the Barnumesque attraction that toured America during Sam Clemens childhood, and then stuck in MT's imagination for the rest of his life. The title page below is from a sixteen page pamphlet that could be purchased in the exhibition hall where the "Siamese Twins" were on display in New York City in 1834. The pamphlet describes the twins in both physical and psychological detail. Although MT typically (and comically) treats his Siamese twins as warring personalities, the author of the pamphlet stresses their "most perfect equanimity." According to him, they felt such complete sympathy and accord with one another that they never spoke to each other, much less argued: "many who have visited them have left under the impression that they were actuated by only one mind."


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