Firm Harper Harper's Novels Volume 14

ISBN 13: 9781231982624

Harper's Novels Volume 14

9781231982624: Harper's Novels Volume 14
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...clear blue honest eye, that it does one good to see one's sparkling image in. "Ring the belli" "Ding, ding, ding!", the very bell is in a hurry. "Now for the shore; who's for the shore?" These gentlemen, I am sorry to say." They axe away, and never said good-by. Ah! now they wave it from the little boat. "Goo.iby! Good-by!" Three cheers from them: three more from us; three more from them; and they are gone. To and fro, to and fro, to and fro again a hundred times! This waiting for the latest mailbags is worse than all. If we could have gone off in the midst of that last burst, we should have started triumphantly; but to lie here, two hours and more, in the damp fog, neither staying at home nor going abroad, is letting one gradually down into the very depth of dulncss and low spirits. A speck in the mist at last! That's something. It is the boat we wait for! That's more to the purpose. The captain appears on the paddle-box with his speakiDg-trumpet; the officers take their stations; all hands are on the alert; the flagging hopes of the passengers revive; the cooks pause in their savoury work, and look out with faces full of interest. The boat comes alongside; the bags are dragged in anyhow, and flung down for the moment anywhere. Three cheers more; and as the first one rings upon our. ears, the vessel throbs like a strong giant that has just received the breath of life; the two great wheels turn fiercely round for the first time; and the noble ship, with wind and tide astern, breaks proudly through the lashed and foaming water. CHAPTER II. THE PASSAGE OUT. We all dined together that day; and a rnther formidable party we were: no fewer than eightysix strong. The vessel being pretty deep in ihe...

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