|Burlesque Il Trovatore|
[from an 1866 notebook]
In August 1866 Clemens attended a performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore in San Francisco.
Never an opera fan, he was inspired to sketch his own version of the plot in his notebook.
A sample of his text:
"Then the chief woman came back & grabbed the fellow round the neck—Same moment knight in complet[e] armor & with sheet round him rushes in & just saves self from going into orchestra—sensation—hell to pay, in fact."