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In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 39. Why My Cat Called Out To Me In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 39. Why My Cat Called Out To Me

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 39. Why My Cat Called Out To Me
CHAPTER XXXIX. WHY MY CAT CALLED OUT TO MEI had thought that I had struck the bed-rock of misery when I was wandering in the dead depths of the wreck-pack, with the conviction strong upon me that in a little while I would be dead there too. But as I look back upon that long suffering of lonely sorrow I think now that the worst of it came to me after I had left the wreck-pack behind. In that last round that I fought with misfortune the strength of my body was exhausted so completely that it could give no support... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3457

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 38. How I Fought My Way Through The Sargasso Weed In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 38. How I Fought My Way Through The Sargasso Weed

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 38. How I Fought My Way Through The Sargasso Weed
CHAPTER XXXVIII. HOW I FOUGHT MY WAY THROUGH THE SARGASSO WEEDWhat I did on that first day of my voyage was what I did on every succeeding day during so long a time that it seemed to me the end of it never would come. When my craft fairly was started, with the fire well fed and a light enough weight on the safety-valve to guard against any sudden chance rise in the steam pressure, I went forward to the bows with the compass and set myself to my sawing. The wheel being lashed with the rudder amidships, all the steering... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2166

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 37. How My Cat Still Farther Cheered Me In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 37. How My Cat Still Farther Cheered Me

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 37. How My Cat Still Farther Cheered Me
CHAPTER XXXVII. HOW MY CAT STILL FARTHER CHEERED MEIt was in the grey of early morning, while the rain still was falling, that the cat and I had our breakfast; and as soon as the rain was over I was down in the boat, and had off the tarpaulin that covered her stern-sheets, and was busy bringing up my banked fires. One thing that I had learned how to do during the week that I had been testing my engine was to bank my fires well; and that was a matter of a good deal of importance to me--since every night... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3487

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 36. How My Cat Promised Me Good Luck In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 36. How My Cat Promised Me Good Luck

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 36. How My Cat Promised Me Good Luck
CHAPTER XXXVI. HOW MY CAT PROMISED ME GOOD LUCKWhat would have been most useful to me as foresight, but was only aggravating to me as hindsight--which happened to be the way that I got it--was the very sensible notion that I might have put all of my stores, and even a good part of my coal, aboard the boat before she was decked over and launched. A few tons more or less would have made no difference in moving her; but having to put those extra tons aboard of her over the side of the steamer, and then to drag them... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3029

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 35. I Am Ready For A Fresh Hazard Of Fortune In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 35. I Am Ready For A Fresh Hazard Of Fortune

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 35. I Am Ready For A Fresh Hazard Of Fortune
CHAPTER XXXV. I AM READY FOR A FRESH HAZARD OF FORTUNEFor a while after this black thought came to me I was pretty much beaten by it; but when I got steadier--and had finished kicking myself for a fool because I had not foreseen it all along--I perceived that the odds were not wholly against me, after all. I had, at least, a sea-worthy boat in which to make my venture, and therefore was as well off as I had hoped to be when I had set about looking for one; and if the plan that I had formed worked out... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2474

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 32. I Fall In With A Fellow-Prisoner In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 32. I Fall In With A Fellow-Prisoner

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 32. I Fall In With A Fellow-Prisoner
CHAPTER XXXII. I FALL IN WITH A FELLOW-PRISONERWhen I had finished my breakfast the next morning I faced the worst thing which I had been forced to face since I had been cast prisoner into the Sargasso Sea: a whole day of idleness without hope. Until then there had not been an hour--save when I was asleep--that I had not been doing something which in some way I had hoped would better my condition temporarily, or would tend toward my deliverance. But that morning I was without such spurs to effort and there was absolutely nothing for me to do. My... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3050

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 31. How Hope Died Out Of My Heart In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 31. How Hope Died Out Of My Heart

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 31. How Hope Died Out Of My Heart
CHAPTER XXXI. HOW HOPE DIED OUT OF MY HEARTThe steamer that I had come aboard of proved to be French; and that she had not long been abandoned I knew by finding an abundance of ice in her cold-room and a great deal of fresh meat there too. Had she been manned by a stiff-necked crew she would not have been abandoned at all. She had been in collision, and her bow-compartment was full of water; but the water had not got aft of her foremast, and except that she was down by the head a little she was not much... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 810

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 30. I Come To The Wall Of My Sea-Prison In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 30. I Come To The Wall Of My Sea-Prison

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 30. I Come To The Wall Of My Sea-Prison
CHAPTER XXX. I COME TO THE WALL OF MY SEA-PRISONThe morning shower that waked me gave me the water that I so longed for; but it only a little refreshed me, because my chief need was food. Being past the first sharp pangs of hunger, I was in no great bodily pain; but a heavy languor was upon me that dulled me in both flesh and spirit and disposed me to give up struggling for a while, that I might enjoy what seemed to me just then to be the supreme delight of sitting still. Yet I had sense enough to... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 1110

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 29. I Get Into A Sea Charnel-House In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 29. I Get Into A Sea Charnel-House

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 29. I Get Into A Sea Charnel-House
CHAPTER XXIX. I GET INTO A SEA CHARNEL-HOUSEThat I should get to the steamer that night I knew was clean impossible, for she lay a long way off from me, and that I had seen her funnel at all was due to the mere happy accident of its standing for that single minute directly between me and the setting sun. I did hope, though, that by pressing hard toward her I might fetch aboard of some vessel not long wrecked on which I would find eatable food; yet in this I was disappointed, the shadows coming down on me so fast... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2817

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 28. How I Rubbed Shoulders With Despair In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 28. How I Rubbed Shoulders With Despair

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 28. How I Rubbed Shoulders With Despair
CHAPTER XXVIII. HOW I RUBBED SHOULDERS WITH DESPAIRCould I have foreseen all that was ahead of me I doubt if I should have had the courage to go on: choosing rather to stay there on the barque until I had eaten what food I had by me, and then to die slowly--and finding that way easier than the one I chose to follow, with its many days of struggle and its many chill nights of sorrow and I throughout the whole of it rubbing shoulders with despair. As I think of it now, that long, long march seems to me like... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2498

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 27. I Set Myself To A Heavy Task In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 27. I Set Myself To A Heavy Task

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 27. I Set Myself To A Heavy Task
CHAPTER XXVII. I SET MYSELF TO A HEAVY TASKAt last, after what seemed to me an age of waiting for it, a little pinkish tone began to glow in the mist to the eastward; and as that honest light got stronger the death-fires on the old galleon and on the wrecks around her paled quickly until they were snuffed out altogether--and then came the customary morning down-pour of rain. With the return of the blessed daylight, and with the enlivening douse of cool fresh water upon me, I got to be myself again: my fanciful fears of the night-time leaving me,... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2163

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 26. Of A Strange Sight That I Saw In The Night-Time In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 26. Of A Strange Sight That I Saw In The Night-Time

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 26. Of A Strange Sight That I Saw In The Night-Time
CHAPTER XXVI. OF A STRANGE SIGHT THAT I SAW IN THE NIGHT-TIMEI was pretty much mooning mad for a while, I suppose: sometimes walking about the cabin and thrusting with my feet contemptuously at the gold ingots strewn over the floor of it, and sometimes standing still in a sort of rapt wonder over my heap of jewels--and anything like sensible thinking was quite beyond the power of my unbalanced mind. But at last I was aroused, and so brought to myself a little, by the daylight waning suddenly: as it did in that region when the sun dropped down into... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3406

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 25. I Am The Master Of A Great Treasure In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 25. I Am The Master Of A Great Treasure

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 25. I Am The Master Of A Great Treasure
CHAPTER XXV. I AM THE MASTER OF A GREAT TREASUREFor a while, down in that black little place, I was quite a crazy creature; being so stirred by my finding this great store of riches that I went to dancing and singing there--and was not a bit bothered by the vile stench rising from the rotten wood that my feet sent flying, nor by the still viler stench rising from the reeking mass of rottenness below me in the galleon's hold. And then, that I might see my treasure the more clearly, I fell to tossing the ingots up through the... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 1191

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 22. I Get Some Food In Me And Form A Crazy Plan In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 22. I Get Some Food In Me And Form A Crazy Plan

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 22. I Get Some Food In Me And Form A Crazy Plan
CHAPTER XXII. I GET SOME FOOD IN ME AND FORM A CRAZY PLANThe sun by that time being risen so high that the mist was changing again to a golden haze, and the cabin of the barque well lighted through the skylight over it, I felt less creepy and uncomfortable as I went down the companion-way than I had felt when I went below into the old brig's dusky cabin in the early dawn. But for all that I walked gingerly, and stopped to sniff at every step that I took downward; for I could not by any means get rid... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 3474

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 21. My Thirst Is Quenched, And I Find A Compass In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 21. My Thirst Is Quenched, And I Find A Compass

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 21. My Thirst Is Quenched, And I Find A Compass
CHAPTER XXI. MY THIRST IS QUENCHED, AND I FIND A COMPASSIt was a long while before the pale pink gleam to the eastward spread up into the sky far enough to thin the shadows which hung over my dead fleet heavily, and longer still before I had light enough to venture to begin my scrambling walk from ship to ship again. It seemed to me, indeed, that the mist lay lower and was a good deal thicker than on the preceding evening; and this, with the fiery glow that was in it when the sunrise came, gave me hope that a... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2499

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 20. How I Spent A Night Wearily In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 20. How I Spent A Night Wearily

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 20. How I Spent A Night Wearily
CHAPTER XX. HOW I SPENT A NIGHT WEARILYI got down from the rail and seated myself on the brig's deck, leaning my back against her bulwarks and a little sheltered by their old-fashioned in-board overhang. But I had no very clear notion of what I was doing; and my feeling, so far as I had any feeling, was less that I was moving of my own volition than that I was being moved by some power acting from outside of me--the sensation of irresponsibility that comes to one sometimes in a dream. Indeed, the whole of that night seemed to me... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2751

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 19. Of A Good Plan That Went Wrong With Me In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 19. Of A Good Plan That Went Wrong With Me

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 19. Of A Good Plan That Went Wrong With Me
CHAPTER XIX. OF A GOOD PLAN THAT WENT WRONG WITH MEFor a while I was so stirred by the enthusiasm which my discovery aroused in me that I had no room in my mind for any other thoughts. But at last, as I still stood pondering in the _Wasp's cabin, I became aware that the daylight was fading into darkness; and as I realized what that meant for me my thoughts came back suddenly to myself, and then all my enthusiasm ebbed away. I came out upon the deck again, but leaving everything as I had found it--my momentary impulse to... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 1538

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 18. I Find The Key To A Sea Mystery In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 18. I Find The Key To A Sea Mystery

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 18. I Find The Key To A Sea Mystery
CHAPTER XVIII. I FIND THE KEY TO A SEA MYSTERYOn shore, in a forest, I would not in the least have minded finding myself in a fix of this sort--though my getting into it would have been unlikely--because getting out of it would have been the easiest thing in the world. I know a good deal of wood-craft, and always can steer a course steadily by having the points of the compass fixed for me by the size and the trend of the branches, and by the bark growing thin or thick or by the moss or the lack of moss... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2674

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 17. How I Walked Myself Into A Maze In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 17. How I Walked Myself Into A Maze

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 17. How I Walked Myself Into A Maze
CHAPTER XVII. HOW I WALKED MYSELF INTO A MAZESitting there with the splotches of fresh blood on the deck all around me was more than I could stomach for very long. The sight of them brought back to me with a horrid distinctness everything that I had seen since I came aboard the hulk: the dead man lying on the deck, the other man with his frightful wounds and his wild talk and his death in the midst of his passionate ravings, and the disgusting work that I had been forced to do before I could hide their two bodies from... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 1645

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 16. I Rid Myself Of Two Dead Men In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 16. I Rid Myself Of Two Dead Men

In The Sargasso Sea: A Novel - Chapter 16. I Rid Myself Of Two Dead Men
CHAPTER XVI. I RID MYSELF OF TWO DEAD MENOnly an hour before I had been longing for any sort of a live man to talk with and so break my loneliness; but having thus found a live man--who, to be sure, was close to being a dead one--I would have been almost ready to get rid of him by going back to my mast in the open sea. Indeed, as I stood there in the shadows beside that dying brute, and with the other brute lying dead on the deck above me, the feeling of dull horror that filled me is... Long Stories - Post by : Bill999 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas A. Janvier - Read : 2663