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The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 31 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 31

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 31
Chapter XXXI"Now; the business!" Othello. Three hours later, and every noise was hushed on board the royal cruiser. The toil of repairing damages had ceased, and most of the living, with the dead, lay alike in common silence. The watchfulness necessary to the situation of the fatigued mariners, however, was not forgotten, and though so many slept, a few eyes were still open, and affecting to be alert. Here and there, some drowsy seaman paced the deck, or a solitary young officer endeavored to keep himself awake, by humming a low air, in his narrow bounds. The mass of the crew... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1718

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 30 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 30

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 30
Chapter XXX"Sir, it is A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, To the extreme edge of hazard." All's Well That End's Well.The vessel, which appeared so inopportunely for the safety of the ill-manned British cruiser, was, in truth, a ship that had roved from among the islands of the Caribean sea, in quest of some such adventure as that which now presented itself. She was called la belle Fontange, and her commander, a youth of two-and-twenty, was already... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 3188

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 29 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 29

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 29
Chapter XXIX"--Thou shalt see me at Philippi." Shakspeare. The commander of Her Britannic Majesty's ship Coquette slept that night in the hammock-cloths. Before the sun had set, the light and swift brigantine, by following the gradual bend of the land, had disappeared in the eastern board; and it was no longer a question of overtaking her by speed. Still, sail was crowded on the royal cruiser; and, long ere the period when Ludlow threw himself in his clothes between the ridge-ropes of the quarter-deck, the vessel had gained the broadest part of the Sound, and was already approaching the islands that... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2724

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 28 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 28

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 28
Chapter XXVIII"--What care these roarers for the name of king?" Tempest. The Manhattanese will readily comprehend the situation of the two vessels; but those of our countrymen who live in distant parts of the Union, may be glad to have the localities explained. Though the vast estuary, which receives the Hudson and so many minor streams, is chiefly made by an indentation of the continent, that portion of it which forms the port of New-York is separated from the ocean by the happy position of its islands. Of the latter, there are two, which give the general character to the basin,... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2949

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 27 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 27

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 27
Chapter XXVII"--Did I tell this, Who would believe me?" Measure for Measure.The time of the interview related in the close of the preceding chapter, was in the early watches of the night. It now becomes our duty to transport the reader to another, that had place several hours later, and after day had dawned on the industrious burghers of Manhattan. There stood, near one of the wooden wharves which lined the arm of the sea on which the city is so happily placed, a dwelling around which there was every sign that its owner was... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 915

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 26 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 26

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 26
Chapter XXVI"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly--" Macbeth.The words of the immortal poet, with which, in deference to an ancient usage in the literature of the language, we have prefaced the incidents to be related in this chapter, are in perfect conformity with that governing maxim of a vessel, which is commonly found embodied in its standing orders, and which prescribes the necessity of exertion and activity in the least of its operations. A strongly-manned ship, like a strong-armed man, is fond of showing its physical power,... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 911

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 25 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 25

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 25
Chapter XXV"--Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphosed me; Made me neglect my studies, lose my time, War with good counsel, set the world at nought." Two Gentlemen of Verona.Ludlow quitting the Lust in Rust with a wavering purpose. Throughout the whole of the preceding interview, he had jealously watched the eye and features of la belle Barberie; and he had not failed to draw his conclusions from a mien that too plainly expressed a deep interest in the free-trader. For a time, only, had he been induced, by the calmness and self-possession with... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 3095

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 21 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 21

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 21
Chapter XXI"--I am gone, Sir And, anon, Sir, I'll be with you again." Clown in Twelfth Night.Although it is contrary to the apparent evidence of our senses, there is no truth more certain than that the course of most gales of wind comes from the leeward. The effects of a tempest shall be felt, for hours, at a point that is seemingly near its termination, before they are witnessed at another, that appears to be nearer its source. Experience has also shown that a storm is more destructive, at or near its... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1792

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 20 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 20

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 20
Chapter XX"The mouse ne'er shunned the cat, as they did budge From rascals worse than they." Coriolanus.Day dawned on the Atlantic, with its pearly light, succeeded by the usual flushing of the skies, and the stately rising of the sun from out the water. The instant the vigilant officer, who commanded the morning watch, caught the first glimpses of the returning brightness, Ludlow was awakened. A finger laid on his arm, was sufficient to arouse one who slept with the responsibility of his station ever present to his mind. A minute did not pass, before... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1610

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 19 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 19

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 19
Chapter XIX"I, John Turner, Am master and owner Of a high-deck'd schooner. That's bound to Carolina--" etc. etc. etc. etc. Coasting Song.It is not necessary to say, with how much interest Alderman Van Beverout, and his friend the Patroon, had witnessed all the proceedings on hoard the Coquette. Something very like an exclamation of pleasure escaped the former, when it was known that the ship had missed the brigantine, and that there was now little probability of overtaking her that night. "Of what use is it... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1656

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 18 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 18

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 18
Chapter XVIII"Sirs, take your places, and be vigilant." Henry IV. The succeeding day was one in which the weather had a fixed character. The wind was east, and, though light, not fluctuating. The air had that thick and hazy appearance, which properly belongs to the Autumn in this climate, but which is sometimes seen at midsummer, when a dry wind blows from the ocean. The roll of the surf, on the shore, was regular and monotonous, and the currents of the air were so steady as to remove every apprehension of a change. The moment to which the action of the... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2702

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 17 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 17

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 17
Chapter XVII"--like Arion on the dolphin's back, I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves, So long as I could see." Tempest.There was one curious though half-confounded observer of all that passed in and around the Cove, on the morning in question. This personage was no other than the slave called Bonnie, who was the factotum of his master, over the demesnes of the Lust in Rust, during the time when the presence of the Alderman was required in the city; which was, in truth, at least four-fifths of the year. Responsibility... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2621

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 16 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 16

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 16
Chapter XVI"This will prove a brave kingdom to me; Where I shall have my music, for nothing." Tempest.During the time past in the secret conference of the cabin, Ludlow and the Patroon were held in discourse on the quarter-deck, by the hero of the India-shawl. The dialogue was professional, as Van Staats maintained his ancient reputation for taciturnity. The appearance of Myndert, thoughtful, disappointed, and most evidently perplexed, caused the ideas of all to take a new direction. It is probable that the burgher believed he had not yet bid enough to tempt the free-trader... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 3200

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 15 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 15

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 15
Chapter XV"God save you, Sir!" "And you, Sir; you are welcome. "Travel you, Sir, or are you at the furthest?" Taming of the Shrew.If the exterior of the brigantine was so graceful in form and so singular in arrangement, the interior was still more worthy of observation. There were two small cabins beneath the main-deck, one on each side of, and immediately adjoining, the limited space that was destined to receive her light but valuable cargoes. It was into one of these that Tiller had descended, like a man who freely entered... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1023

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 11 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 11

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 11
Chapter XI"--Truth will come to light; Murder cannot be hid long, a man's son may; But in the end, truth will out.--" Launcelot.The officer of the Queen had leaped into the pavilion, with the flushed features and all the hurry of an excited man. The exclamations and retreat of la belle Barberie, for a single moment, diverted his attention; and then he turned, suddenly, not to say fiercely, towards her companion. It is not necessary to repeat the description of the stranger's person, in order to render the change, which instantly occurred... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2082

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 10 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 10

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 10
Chapter X"--Alack, what heinous sin is it in me To be ashamed, to be my father's child! But though I am a daughter to his blood I am not to his manners.--" Merchant of Venice.The moment the stranger was again alone, the entire expression of his countenance underwent a change. The reckless and bold expression deserted his eye, which once more became soft, if not pensive, as it wandered over the different elegant objects that served to amuse the leisure of la belle Barberie. He arose, and touched the... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1454

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 9 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 9

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 9
Chapter IX"Why look you, how you stare! I would be friends with you, and have your love." Shylock.The first impulse of Alida, at this second invasion of her pavilion, was certainly to flee. But timidity was not her weakness, and as natural firmness gave her time to examine the person of the individual who had so unceremoniously entered, curiosity aided in inducing her to remain. Perhaps a vague, but a very natural, expectation that she was again to dismiss the commander of the Coquette, had its influence on her first decision. In order that the... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 2938

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 8 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 8

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 8
Chapter VIII"--Well, Jessica, go in; Perhaps, I will return immediately; Do as I bid you, Shut doors after you: Fast bind, fast find; A proverb never stale, in thrifty mind." Merchant of Venice.The decision, with which la demoiselle Barberie had dismissed her suitor, was owing to some consciousness that she had need of opportunity to reflect on the singular nature of the events which had just happened, no less than to a sense of the impropriety of his visiting her at that hour, and in a... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 628

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 7 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 7

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 7
Chapter VII"--I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far As that vast shore wash'd with the furthest sea, I would adventure for such merchandise." Romeo And Juliet.A happy mixture of land and water, seen by a bright moon, and beneath the sky of the fortieth degree of latitude, cannot fail to make a pleasing picture. Such was the landscape which the reader must now endeavor to present to his mind. The wide estuary of Raritan is shut in from the winds and billows of the open sea, by a long, low,... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 1844

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 6 The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 6

The Water-witch; Or The Skimmer Of The Seas - Chapter 6
Chapter VI"--What, has this thing appeared again, to-night?" Hamlet. "The face of man is the log-book of his thoughts, and Captain Ludlow's seems agreeable," observed a voice, that came from one, who was not far from the commander of the Coquette, while the latter was still enacting the pantomime described in the close of the preceding chapter. "Who speaks of thoughts and log-books or who dares to pry into my movements?" demanded the young sailor, fiercely. "One who has trifled with the first and scribbled in the last too often, not to know how to meet a squall, whether it be... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Fenimore Cooper - Read : 832