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Σελίδα 11 - The attention is troubled to fix on anything amid such confusion ; still must it be alive, that it may seize on the single moment of help or escape which may occur. Yet with all this, and it is the hardest task of all, there is nothing to be acted, — no effort to be made, — he must be patient, as if he were unconcerned or careless,, waiting, as he best can, for the fate, be it what it may, which he cannot influence or avoid.
Σελίδα 10 - ... asunder, till, losing their former equilibrium, they fall over headlong, lifting the sea around in breakers, and whirling it in eddies. There is not a moment in which it can be conjectured what will happen in the next ; there is not one which may not be the last.
Σελίδα 9 - For readers^ it is unfortunate that no description can convey an idea of a scene of this nature; and, as to the pencil, it cannot represent motion, or noise. And to those who have not seen a northern ocean in winter — who have not seen it, I should say, in a winter's storm — the term ice, exciting but the recollection of what they only know at rest, in an inland lake or canal, conveys no ideas of what it is the fate of an arctic navigator to witness and to feel. But let. them remember that ice...
Σελίδα 10 - ... till they fall back on themselves, adding to the indescribable commotion and noise which attend these occurrences. ' It is not a little, too, to know and to feel our utter helplessness in these cases. There is not a moment in which it can be conjectured what will happen in the next : there is not one which may not be the last, and yet that next moment may bring rescue and safety. It is a strange, as it is an anxious position; and if fearful, often giving no time for fear — so unexpected is...
Σελίδα 252 - ... as the captain and the cook had been. He fell with the blow, but did not die immediately. "A number of the natives now rushed in at the cabin door, while others jumped down through the skylight, and others were employed in cutting the lanyards of the rigging of the stays. At the same time, four of our crew jumped overboard off the foreyard, but were picked up by some canoes- that were coming from the shore, and immediately bound hand and foot. "The natives now mounted the rigging, and drove the...
Σελίδα 9 - But let them remember that ice is stone ; a floating rock in the stream, a promontory or an island when aground, not less solid than if it were a land of granite. Then let them imagine, if they can, these mountains of crystal hurled through a narrow strait by a rapid tide; meeting, as mountains in motion would meet, with the noise of thunder, breaking from each other's precipices huge fragments, or rending each other asunder, till, losing their former equilibrium, they fall over headlong, lifting...
Σελίδα 64 - The vessel lay on the water as motionless as a stone upon the land. The sailors took advantage of the calm to repair the ship. At length the night came, and the moon shed its beautiful light upon the waves. The cabin-boy, who had now, in some measure, forgotten his sorrow, looked upon the scene with pleasing wonder. The whole ocean beneath the moon appeared like a broad bay of silver. The sailors seemed to forget the peril they had passed. One of them had a Violin, on which he played some lovely...
Σελίδα 255 - Aitny was one, then approached the place where we were, and after they had stood consulting together for some time, Aimy released me and another, and, taking us into the middle of the ring, made signs for us to sit down, which we did. In a few minutes, the other four chiefs came also into the ring, bringing along with them four more of our men, who were made to sit down beside us. The chiefs noW Walked backward and forward in the ring with their merys in their hands, and continued talking together...
Σελίδα 145 - Kaoo, the chief of the priests, and his brethren, with their idols displayed on red cloth. These idols were busts of a gigantic size, made of wicker-work, and curiously covered with small feathers of various colours, wrought in the same manner with their cloaks. Their eyes were made of large pearl oysters, with a black nut fixed in the centre ; their mouths were set with a double row of the fangs of dogs, and, together with the rest of their features, were strangely distorted. The third canoe was...
Σελίδα 250 - I took from him," says he, in his book, " he grinded his teeth, and shook his tomahawk at me." " The captain, now paid the chief for fetching the water, giving him two muskets, and a quantity of powder and shot — arms, ammunition, and iron tools being the only articles these people will trade for.

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