It brought me within a shade of death's door. It brought me to where I no longer
felt any interest in anything, but, on the contrary, felt a total absence of
interest - which was most placid and tranquil and sweet and delightful and enchanting.
I have never enjoyed anything in my life any more than I enjoyed dying that
time....The word had been passed and the family notified to assemble around
the bed and see me off. I knew them all....They were all crying, but that did
not affect me. I took but the vaguest interest in it and that merely because
I was the center of all this emotional attention and was gratified by it and
vain of it.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain
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