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Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 91. Mardi Behind: An Ocean Before Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 91. Mardi Behind: An Ocean Before

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 91. Mardi Behind: An Ocean Before
CHAPTER XCI. Mardi Behind: An Ocean BeforeReturned from the cave, Hautia reclined in her clematis bower, invisible hands flinging fennel around her. And nearer, and nearer, stole dulcet sounds dissolving my woes, as warm beams, snow. Strange languors made me droop; once more within my inmost vault, side by side, the Past and Yillah lay:--two bodies tranced;--while like a rounding sun, before me Hautia magnified magnificence; and through her fixed eyes, slowly drank up my soul. Thus we stood:--snake and victim: life ebbing out from me, to her. But from that spell, I burst again, as all the Past smote all... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 2319

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 90. Taji With Hautia Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 90. Taji With Hautia

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 90. Taji With Hautia
CHAPTER XC. Taji With HautiaAs their last echoes died away down the valley, Hautia glided near;-- zone unbound, the amaryllis in her hand. Her bosom ebbed and flowed; the motes danced in the beams that darted from her eyes. "Come! let us sin, and be merry. Ho! wine, wine, wine! and lapfuls of flowers! let all the cane-brakes pipe their flutes. Damsels! dance; reel, swim, around me:--I, the vortex that draws all in. Taji! Taji!-- as a berry, that name is juicy in my mouth!--Taji, Taji!" and in choruses, she warbled forth the sound, till it seemed issuing from her syren... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 3259

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 89. They Enter The Bower Of Hautia Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 89. They Enter The Bower Of Hautia

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 89. They Enter The Bower Of Hautia
CHAPTER LXXXIX. They Enter The Bower Of HautiaConducted to the arbor, from which the queen had emerged, we came to a sweet-brier bower within; and reclined upon odorous mats. Then, in citron cups, sherbet of tamarinds was offered to Media, Mohi, Yoomy; to me, a nautilus shell, brimmed with a light-like fluid, that welled, and welled like a fount. "Quaff, Taji, quaff! every drop drowns a thought!" Like a blood-freshet, it ran through my veins. A philter?--How Hautia burned before me! Glorious queen! with all the radiance, lighting up the equatorial night. "Thou art most magical, oh queen! about thee a... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1164

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 88. They Land Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 88. They Land

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 88. They Land
CHAPTER LXXXVIII. They LandA jeweled tiara, nodding in spray, looks flowery Flozella, approached from the sea. For, lo you! the glittering foam all round its white marge; where, forcing themselves underneath the coral ledge, and up through its crevices, in fountains, the blue billows gush. While, within, zone above zone, thrice zoned in belts of bloom, all the isle, as a hanging-garden soars; its tapering cone blending aloft, with heaven's own blue. "What flies through the spray! what incense is this?" cried Media. "Ha! you wild breeze! you have been plundering the gardens of Hautia," cried Yoomy. "No sweets can be... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1925

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 84. Babbalanja Relates To Them A Vision Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 84. Babbalanja Relates To Them A Vision

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 84. Babbalanja Relates To Them A Vision
CHAPTER LXXXIV. Babbalanja Relates To Them A VisionLeaving Babbalanja in the old man's bower, deep in meditation; thoughtfully we strolled along the beach, inspiring the musky, midnight air; the tropical stars glistening in heaven, like drops of dew among violets. The waves were phosphorescent, and laved the beach with a fire that cooled it. Returning, we espied Babbalanja advancing in his snow-white mantle. The fiery tide was ebbing; and in the soft, moist sand, at every step, he left a lustrous foot-print. "Sweet friends! this isle is full of mysteries," he said. "I have dreamed of wondrous things. After I had... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1501

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 83. They Land Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 83. They Land

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 83. They Land
CHAPTER LXXXIII. They LandThe song was ended; and as we gained the strand, the crowd embraced us; and called us brothers; ourselves and our humblest attendants. "Call ye us brothers, whom ere now ye never saw?" "Even so," said the old man, "is not Oro the father of all? Then, are we not brothers? Thus Alma, the master, hath commanded." "This was not our reception in Maramma," said Media, "the appointed place of Alma; where his precepts are preserved." "No, no," said Babbalanja; "old man! your lesson of brotherhood was learned elsewhere than from Alma; for in Maramma and in all... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 3416

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 82. They Sail From Night To Day Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 82. They Sail From Night To Day

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 82. They Sail From Night To Day
CHAPTER LXXXII. They Sail From Night To DayEre long the three canoes lurched heavily in a violent swell. Like palls, the clouds swept to and fro, hooding the gibbering winds. At every head-beat wave, our arching prows reared up, and shuddered; the night ran out in rain. Whither to turn we knew not; nor what haven to gain; so dense the darkness. But at last, the storm was over. Our shattered prows seemed gilded. Day dawned; and from his golden vases poured red wine upon the waters. That flushed tide rippled toward us; floating from the east, a lone canoe; in... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1231

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 81. L'ultima Sera Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 81. L'ultima Sera

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 81. L'ultima Sera
CHAPTER LXXXI. L'ultima SeraThus far, through myriad islands, had we searched: of all, no one pen may write: least, mine;--and still no trace of Yillah. But though my hopes revived not from their ashes; yet, so much of Mardi had we searched, it seemed as if the long pursuit must, ere many moons, be ended; whether for weal or woe, my frenzy sometimes reeked not. After its first fair morning flushings, all that day was overcast. We sailed upon an angry sea, beneath an angry sky. Deep scowled on deep; and in dun vapors, the blinded sun went down, unseen; though... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 826

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 80. Morning Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 80. Morning

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 80. Morning
CHAPTER LXXX. MorningLife or death, weal or woe, the sun stays not his course. On: over battle-field and bower; over tower, and town, he speeds,--peers in at births, and death-beds; lights up cathedral, mosque, and pagan shrine;--laughing over all;--a very Democritus in the sky; and in one brief day sees more than any pilgrim in a century's round. So, the sun; nearer heaven than we:--with what mind, then, may blessed Oro downward look. It was a purple, red, and yellow East;--streaked, and crossed. And down from breezy mountains, robust and ruddy Morning came,--a plaided Highlander, waving his plumed bonnet to the... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1407

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 79. Babbalanja At The Full Of The Moon Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 79. Babbalanja At The Full Of The Moon

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 79. Babbalanja At The Full Of The Moon
CHAPTER LXXIX. Babbalanja At The Full Of The Moon"Ho, mortals! Go we to a funeral, that our paddles seem thus muffled? Up heart, Taji! or does that witch Hautia haunt thee? Be a demi-god once more, and laugh. Her flowers are not barbs; and the avengers' arrows are too blunt to slay. Babbalanja! Mohi! Yoomy! up heart! up heart!--By Oro! I will debark the whole company on the next land we meet. No tears for me. Ha, ha! let us laugh. Ho, Vee-Vee! awake; quick, boy,--some wine! and let us make glad, beneath the glad moon. Look! it is stealing forth... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 2153

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 78. They Embark Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 78. They Embark

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 78. They Embark
CHAPTER LXXVIII. They EmbarkNext morning, King Abrazza sent frigid word to Media that the day was very fine for yachting; but he much regretted that indisposition would prevent his making one of the party, who that morning doubtless would depart his isle. "My compliments to your king," said Media to the chamberlains, "and say the royal notice to quit was duly received." "Take Azzageddi's also," said Babbalanja; "and say, I hope his Highness will not fail in his appointment with me:--the first midnight after he dies; at the grave-yard corner;--there I'll be, and grin again!" Sailing on, the next land we... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1449

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 74. A Death-Cloud Sweeps By Them, As They Sail Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 74. A Death-Cloud Sweeps By Them, As They Sail

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 74. A Death-Cloud Sweeps By Them, As They Sail
CHAPTER LXXIV. A Death-Cloud Sweeps By Them, As They SailNext day, a fearful sight! As in Sooloo's seas, one vast water-spout will, sudden, form: and whirling, chase the flying Malay keels; so, before a swift-winged cloud, a thousand prows sped by, leaving braided, foaming wakes; their crowded inmates' arms, in frenzied supplications wreathed; like tangled forest-boughs. "See, see," cried Yoomy, "how the Death-cloud flies! Let us dive down in the sea." "Nay," said Babbalanja. "All things come of Oro; if we must drown, let Oro drown us." "Down sails: drop paddles," said Media: "here we float." Like a rushing bison, sweeping... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1873

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 73. At Last, The Last Mention Is Made Of Old Bardianna... Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 73. At Last, The Last Mention Is Made Of Old Bardianna...

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 73. At Last, The Last Mention Is Made Of Old Bardianna...
CHAPTER LXXIII. At Last, The Last Mention Is Made Of Old Bardianna; And His Last Will And Testament Is Recited At LengthThe day was waning. And, as after many a tale of ghosts, around their forest fire, Hungarian gipsies silent sit; watching the ruddy glow kindling each other's faces;--so, now we solemn sat; the crimson West our fire; all our faces flushed. "Testators!" then cried Media, when your last wills are all round settled, speak, and make it known!" "Mine, my lord, has long been fixed," said Babbalanja. "And how runs it?" "Fugle-fogle--" "Hark ye, intruding Azzageddi! rejoin thy merry mates... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 3380

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 72. Babbalanja Starts To His Feet Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 72. Babbalanja Starts To His Feet

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 72. Babbalanja Starts To His Feet
CHAPTER LXXII. Babbalanja Starts To His FeetFor twenty-four hours, seated stiff, and motionless, Babbalanja spoke not a word; then, almost without moving a muscle, muttered thus:--"At banquets surfeit not, but fill; partake, and retire; and eat not again till you crave. Thereby you give nature time to work her magic transformings; turning all solids to meat, and wine into blood. After a banquet you incline to repose:--do so: digestion commands. All this follow those, who feast at the tables of Wisdom; and all such are they, who partake of the fare of old Bardianna." "Art resuscitated, then, Babbalanja?" said Media. "Ay,... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 3328

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 71. A Book From The 'Ponderings Of Old Bardianna' Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 71. A Book From The "Ponderings Of Old Bardianna"

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 71. A Book From The 'Ponderings Of Old Bardianna'
CHAPTER LXXI. A Book From The "Ponderings Of Old Bardianna""Now," said Babbalanja, lighting his trombone as we sailed from the isle, "who are the monsters, we or the cripples?" "You yourself are a monster, for asking the question," said Mohi. "And so, to the cripples I am; though not, old man, for the reason you mention. But I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge. There is no supreme standard yet revealed by to judge of ourselves; 'Our very instincts are prejudices,' saith Alla Mallolla; 'Our very axioms, and postulates are far from infallible.'... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 699

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 70. They Land At Hooloomooloo Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 70. They Land At Hooloomooloo

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 70. They Land At Hooloomooloo
CHAPTER LXX. They Land At Hooloomooloo"Keep all three prows, for yonder rock." cried Media; "No sadness on this merry morn! And now for the Isle of Cripples,--even Hooloomooloo." "The Isle of Cripples?" "Ay; why not? Mohi, tell how they came to club." In substance, this was the narration. Averse to the barbarous custom of destroying at birth all infants not symmetrically formed; but equally desirous of removing from their sight those unfortunate beings; the islanders of a neighboring group had long ago established an asylum for cripples; where they lived, subject to their own regulations; ruled by a king of their... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 2935

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 69. After A Long Interval, By Night They Are Becalmed Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 69. After A Long Interval, By Night They Are Becalmed

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 69. After A Long Interval, By Night They Are Becalmed
CHAPTER LXIX. After A Long Interval, By Night They Are BecalmedNow suns rose, and set; moons grew, and waned; till, at last, the star that erewhile heralded the dawn, presaged the eve; to us, sad token!-- while deep within the deepest heart of Mardi's circle, we sailed from sea to sea; and isle to isle; and group to group;--vast empires explored, and inland valleys, to their utmost heads; and for every ray in heaven, beheld a king. Needless to recount all that then befell; what tribes and caravans we saw; what vast horizons; boundless plains: and sierras, in their every intervale,... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1834

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 68. King Media Dreams Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 68. King Media Dreams

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 68. King Media Dreams
CHAPTER LXVIII. King Media DreamsThat afternoon was melting down to eve; all but Media broad awake; yet all motionless, as the slumberer upon the purple mat. Sailing on, with open eyes, we slept the wakeful sleep of those, who to the body only give repose, while the spirit still toils on, threading her mountain passes. King Media's slumbers were like the helmed sentry's in the saddle. From them, he started like an antlered deer, bursting from out a copse. Some said he never slept; that deep within himself he but intensified the hour; or, leaving his crowned brow in marble quiet,... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 1105

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 64. Concentric, Inward, With Mardi's Reef... Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 64. Concentric, Inward, With Mardi's Reef...

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 64. Concentric, Inward, With Mardi's Reef...
CHAPTER LXIV. Concentric, Inward, With Mardi's Reef, They Leave Their Wake Around The WorldWest, West! West, West! Whitherward point Hope and prophet-fingers; whitherward, at sun-set, kneel all worshipers of fire; whitherward in mid-ocean, the great whales turn to die; whitherward face all the Moslem dead in Persia; whitherward lie Heaven and Hell!--West, West! Whitherward mankind and empires--flocks, caravans, armies, navies; worlds, suns, and stars all wend!--West, West!--Oh boundless boundary! Eternal goal! Whitherward rush, in thousand worlds, ten thousand thousand keels! Beacon, by which the universe is steered!--Like the north-star, attracting all needles! Unattainable forever; but forever leading to great things this... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 3271

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 63. They Seek Through The Isles Of Palms... Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 63. They Seek Through The Isles Of Palms...

Mardi And A Voyage Thither, Volume 2 - Chapter 63. They Seek Through The Isles Of Palms...
CHAPTER LXIII. They Seek Through The Isles Of Palms; And Pass The Isles Of MyrrhNow, our prows we turned due west, across the blue lagoon. Soon, no land appeared. Far as the eye could sweep, one azure plain; all over flaked with foamy fleeces:--a boundless flock upon a boundless mead! Again, all changed. Like stars in multitude, bright islets multiplied around. Emerald-green, they dotted shapes fantastic: circles, arcs, and crescents;--atolls all, or coral carcanets, begemmed and flashing in the sun. By these we glided, group after group; and through the foliage, spied sweet forms of maidens, like Eves in Edens ere... Long Stories - Post by : dcbiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Herman Melville - Read : 2376