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• The story begins with travel writer and story narrator Mark Twain describing an amazing exotic adventure across the sea in the mid-1800s.
• The trip is advertised as "the greatest pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land" on a ship called Quaker City.
• The advertisement makes the trip sound like something celebrities and great politicians are standing in line for.
• Once they are selected, the passengers are told that there will be no celebrities, but their excitement outweighs their disappointment.
• There is a month of waiting before the Quaker City is set to sail, and Twain spends much of that time in the registration office trying to gain inside information and feeding his own ego with his feeling of importance.
• It is raining when all board, and the glamour is lost in the deluge.
• Twain observes the diversity in the age of the passengers...
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