The Red Rover: A Tale

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1852 - 522 pages

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Page 429 - Out of my grief and my impatience, Answer'd neglectingly I know not what, He should, or he should not; for he made me mad, To see him shine so brisk and smell so sweet...
Page 234 - ... 46," continued the other, " and saw a vessel lying, as it might be, here on our weatherbow — which is just opposite to this fellow, since he is on our lee-quarter — but there I saw a ship standing for an hour across our fore-foot, and yet, though we set the azimuth, not a degree did he budge, starboard or larboard, during all that time, which, as it was heavy weather, was, to say the least, something out of the common order.
Page 261 - At this appalling moment, a candle would have sent its flame perpendicularly towards the heavens. The ship, missing the steadying power of the wind, rolled heavily in the troughs of the seas, which began to lessen at each instant, as if the startled element was recalling into the security of its own vast bosom that portion of its particles which had so lately been permitted to gambol madly over its surface. The water washed sullenly along the side of the ship, or, as she...
Page 265 - ... Earing by the arm, as the latter rushed madly up the steep of the deck ; ' it is our duty to be calm : bring hither an axe.' " Quick as the thought which gave the order, the admonished mate complied, jumping into the miz'zen^channels of the ship, to execute, with his own hands, the mandate that he well knew must follow.
Page 267 - What would you do, Captain Wilder?" interrupted the mate, laying his hand on the shoulder of his commander, who had already thrown his sea-cap on the deck, and was preparing to divest himself of some of his outer garments. " I go aloft to ease the mast of that topsail, without which we lose the spar, and possibly the ship.

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