What does Twain say is the one permanent ambition he and his boyhood friends shared?

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This quote from Mark Twain’s memoir Life on the Mississippi comes from the beginning of chapter 4: The Boys’ Ambition.

Ambition is defined as a drive to achieve a higher goal for oneself. In Twain’s childhood, the ambition he shared among his friends was straightforward: “to be a steamboatman.”

Twain lists several other “transient” ambitions the boys had, including a desire to be circus clowns or pirates. However, the allure of the steamboat never waned among the boys. Twain states that this was due in part to the daily arrival...

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