twain taught me that although the act of writing is solitary, the context that sustains it is social.
By horseback and hoof, twain takes us from the Mormon Theocracy of Utah to the wide-open craziness in the Sierra mining fields.
twain found a way forward by making friends with other young writers.
Old English twegen (masc.) "two" (masc. nominative and accusative), from Proto-Germanic *twa- (see two). The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in Middle English and survived as a secondary form of two, especially in cases where the numeral follows a noun. Its continuation into modern times was aided by its use in KJV and the Marriage Service, in poetry (where it is a useful rhyme word), and in oral use where it is necessary to be clear that two and not to or too is meant.