Mark Twain spent two years in Vienna (1897-1899) and visited Budapest once, for a week in March 1899. The Hungarian Journalists Association invited Twain to speak during the Jubilee Celebration of the Emancipation of the Hungarian Press. Twain prepared “German for the Hungarians” in Vienna.
The lecture was scheduled for 8:00 PM on 25 March at the Lipótvárosi Kaszinó. Upon arrival in the Great Hall, Twain abandoned the prepared remarks and instead (with “German for the Hungarians” in his hands) delivered a series of anecdotes he had developed in other lectures.
In your opinion, what would have made Twain change his mind?