Why is it great? For Halloween, I decided to use this wonderfully spooky line from Mark Twain (who in his writing and his speaking was a true master of the Great Sentence). Starting with the rhythm of “away out in the woods,” it has a ghost-story-around-the-campfire feel: Gather ’round, boys, and keep one another close, because away out in the woods there, a ghost is lonesome and thwarted and grieving, and who knows what it might do? But Twain also brings a sense of empathy to the sentence, so even while we’re frightened, we feel for the ghost’s inability to unburden itself.

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