Philosopher Jack : a tale of the southern seas



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[United States] : Otbebookpublishing, 2019
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9783965372566 (electronic bk.) MWT12377480, 3965372564 (electronic bk.) 12377480

(Excerpt): "In a humble abode near the said docks a bulky sea-captain lay stretched in his hammock, growling. The prevailing odors of the neighbourhood were tar, oil, fish, and marine-stores. The sea-captain's room partook largely of the same odors, and was crowded with more than an average share of the stores. It was a particularly small room, with charts, telescopes, speaking-trumpets, log-lines, sextants, portraits of ships, sou'-westers, oil-cloth coats and leggings on the walls; model ships suspended from the beams overhead; sea-boots, coils of rope, kegs, and handspikes on the floor; and great shells, earthenware ornaments, pagodas, and Chinese idols on the mantel-piece. In one corner stood a child's crib. The hammock swung across the room like a heavy cloud about to descend and overwhelm the whole. This simile was further borne out by the dense volumes of tobacco smoke in which the captain enveloped himself, and through which his red visage loomed over the edge of the hammock like a lurid setting sun."

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