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Whistler, the subject of yesterday's tale, once invited Mark Twain to his Paris studio. In his usual methodical way, Twain considered the many paintings spread about the room and at last set upon the piece then in progress upon the artist's easel.

With apparently no regard for the prospective work of art whatever, Twain reached forth a hand toward the surface of the fresh paint.

"What," exclaimed Whistler, "Can't you see the paint is still wet?"

"Don't worry," replied Twain, "I have gloves on ..."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view."

- James McNeill Whistler (18341903), U.S. artist. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Propositions No. 2 (1890)