||A Champagne Cocktail and a Catastrophe: Two Acting Charades
[pamphlet, privately printed, 1930]
Charades were a frequent evening pastime during a stay in Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1906.
"I am to lead one side this evening," Clemens explained, "and have chosen . . . cocktail, champagne, catastrophe. . . . Necessarily there is going to be a good deal of noise and fun—there always is."
Clemens wrote out his acting instructions for each syllable of the three chosen words. The manuscript was printed privately in 1930.