Typee: A Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands : Or, A Peep at Polynesian Life

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J. Murray, 1893 - 301 páginas

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Página 218 - Not until I visited Honolulu was I aware of the fact that the small remnant of the natives had been civilized into draught horses, and evangelized into beasts of burden. But so it is. They have been literally broken into the traces, and are harnessed to the vehicles of their spiritual instructors like so many dumb brutes...
Página 138 - I am inclined to think that so far as the relative wickedness of the parties is concerned, four or five Marquesan Islanders sent to the United States as missionaries might be quite as useful as an equal number of Americans dispatched to the Islands in a similar capacity.
Página xx - Clarel," published by George P. Putnam's Sons, New York — a metrical affair, a pilgrimage or what not, of several thousand lines, eminently adapted for unpopularity.
Página 15 - Our ship was now wholly given up to every species of riot and debauchery. The grossest licentiousness and the most shameful inebriety prevailed, with occasional and but short-lived interruptions, through the whole period of her stay.
Página 216 - ... stand here and there in the shadow of the groves, or are scattered along the banks of the winding stream; their goldenhued bamboo sides and gleaming white thatch forming a beautiful contrast to the perpetual verdure in which they are embowered. There are no roads of any kind in the valleynothing but a labyrinth of foot-paths twisting and turning among the thickets without end. The penalty of the Fall presses very lightly upon the valley of Typee...
Página xix - What I feel most moved to write, that is banned,— it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches.
Página 225 - I will frankly declare, that after passing a few weeks in this valley of the Marquesas, I formed a higher estimate of human nature than I had ever before entertained. But alas ! since then I have been one of the crew of a man-ofwar, and the pent-up wickedness of five hundred men has nearly overturned all my previous theories.
Página xvii - He looked like a man cut away from the stake, when the fire has overrunningly wasted all the limbs without consuming them, or taking away one particle from their compacted aged robustness.
Página 33 - He was one of that class of rovers you sometimes meet at sea, who never reveal their origin, never allude to home, and go rambling over the world as if pursued by some mysterious fate they cannot possibly elude.
Página xvii - The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung.

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