The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Towards the end of his life Mark Twain wrote The Diaries of Adam and Eve. The first part of the book is written by Adam; the second by Eve. Accounts of God's creation, life in the Garden of Eden, the fall, and life outside of Eden are given from two different perspectives. Adam's writing is simple and obtuse. He is annoyed at first by Eve's constant pursuit of him. He writes, “This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging around and following me about. I don't like this; I am not used to company...I wish it would not talk; it is always talking.” Later on Adam cannot figure out what new animal his sons, Cain and Abel, are. “I was going to stuff one of them for my collection,” he records, “but she is prejudiced against it for some reason or other; so I have relinquished the idea, though I think it is a mistake.”

Eve's diary is more eloquent, and she understands creatures and human nature more clearly than her husband. “Tuesday—Wednesday—Thursday–and to-day: all without seeing him. It is a long time to be alone; still, it is better to be alone than unwelcome. I had to have company—I was made for it, I think—so I made friends with the animals. They are just charming...”

Couples preparing for marriage could do worse than read this little book. Men and women might not completely "get" one another at first, but they do eventually, under the grace of God, grow in mutual understanding. Especially men. Eve's diary is more perceptive, but the last line of the book, from Adam's entry, is the most insightful. “At Eve's grave: Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.”

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