On Board a Whaler; An Adventurous Cruise Through Southern Seas

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...to these people as they were to us, but there was a disposition on both sides to friendliness that relieved the situation of all embarrassment. The captain and Pete betook themselves to a bench at one end of the porch, while we seated ourselves upon the steps leading up from the ground, not that we would not...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...to these people as they were to us, but there was a disposition on both sides to friendliness that relieved the situation of all embarrassment. The captain and Pete betook themselves to a bench at one end of the porch, while we seated ourselves upon the steps leading up from the ground, not that we would not have been free to follow Pete, but we stood in respectful awe of our master. A moment later a door in the centre of the building was flung open upon the porch, and, with a queer, good-natured cackle, Pete's wife advanced and shook hands with the captain; then she came to us, and repeating the cackle, shook each of us cordially by the hand. She was very large and very fat, and dressed--well, she was scarcely dressed at all. A red bandana encircled her woolly head; a short skirt, the color of which was lost in dirt, hung from the waist nearly down to her knees--that was all. It was a costume eminently suited to the weather and to the society in which she moved, but it was not becoming to a person of her size, condition, form, and makeup. Her lips were thick and prominent, her nose broad and flat, her skin shone with accumulated grease, and she exaled the odor of blended garlic and Africa. In color, she was a rather light mahogany. Pete spoke some unintelligible words to her, and she went back into the house and presently returned with a tin pan full of milk, and a cocoanut dipper. The captain drank off a dipperful of milk eagerly--too eagerly, it seemed to me. Then the woman refilled the dipper and passed it to each of us in turn on the steps. As my turn came to drink, a sudden nausea overwhelmed me, and I felt the cold perspiration breaking out upon my forehead. It was a most uncomfortable situation, but one that could not be helped. Pete, whose quick, n...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150691669
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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