Translated by Mark Twain
In this little gem of a novella, Twain introduces an Adam with many of his own characteristics, such as laziness. His Eve is based on his wife Livy, whom he lost the year before publication. Eve is young and adventurous and curious about the world around her. At first Adam ignores her and stays as far away as possible:
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 stay with the other animals ...
Eve, on the other hand, is instantly intrigued with Adam:
I was afraid of it at first and started to run every time it turned around, for I thought it was going to chase me. But by and by I found it was only trying to get away ...