Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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What are they praying for?

When people pray for victory in war, quite a lot of the request goes unspoken.  Mark Twain thoughtfully portrays a messenger from God revealing the unspoken part in "The War Prayer."

Twain sensibly refused to let this story be published during his life.  He believed it to be the sort of thing that only dead men may say safely.  Considering America's past and present, this was likely a prudent decision.
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