Novels, Volume 4

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Read Redburn, which is a great tale of a sailor from NY across the Atlantic to Liverpool and back. This was Melville's first novel. Young Redburn was very naive and I saw a lot of a young me in him ... Read full review

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This is not a "review" of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Another one of those wouldn’t do much good. What follows are simply my thoughts and impressions on finally finishing a book that I first ... Read full review

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Page 180 - I will retire while the ceremony is performed. ' ' And gravely inclining his head, he passed through an arched door in the south aisle, and entered the chapter-house. Garnet was about to proceed with the service appointed by the Romish Church for the burial of the dead, when Viviana, uttering a loud cry, would have fallen, if Catesby had not flown to her assistance, and borne her to one of the stalls. Recovering her self-possession the next moment, she entreated him to leave her ; and while the service...
Page 60 - ... morass as the site of a vast forest, whose immemorial and Druidhaunted groves were burnt by the Roman invaders ! and seeks to account for its present condition by supposing that the charred trees still frequently found within its depths, — being left where the conflagration had placed them, had choked up its brooks and springs, and so reduced it to a general swamp. Drayton, however, in the following lines from the Faerie Land, places its origin as far back as the Deluge : — Great Chat Moss...
Page 110 - ... wicked prosper : Why is it well with all them that transgress, and do wickedly? Thou hast planted them, and they have taken root: they prosper and bring forth fruit : Thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.
Page 185 - exclaimed Garnet. "A leap from such a height as that were certain destruction." " It were so," replied Catesby, dragging him along. " But trust to me, and you shall yet reach the ground uninjured." Arrived at the battlements, Catesby leaned over them, and endeavoured to ascertain what was beneath. It was still so dark that he could scarcely discern any objects but those close to him, but as far as he could trust his vision, he thought he perceived a projecting building some twelve or fourteen feet...
Page 232 - When do you expect this wretched man ? " asked Viviana, arresting him. " At nightfall," replied Fawkes. ** Oh ! that there were any means of warning him of his danger ! " she cried. " There are none," rejoined Fawkes, fiercely, — " none that you can adopt. And I must lay my injunctions upon you not to quit your chamber." So saying, he retired. Left alone, Viviana became a prey to the most agonising reflections. Despite the strong, and almost unaccountable interest she felt in Guy Fawkes, she began...
Page 134 - You shall swear by the blessed Trinity, and by the sacrament you now propose to receive, never to disclose directly or indirectly, by word or circumstance, the matter that shall be proposed to you to keep secret, nor desist from the execution thereof until the rest shall give you leave.
Page 202 - exclaimed Catesby, starting. " Is it so, my son ? " asked Oldcorne, uneasily. " Pshaw ! " exclaimed Catesby. " She knows not what she says. Proceed, father." " I have proofs that will confound you," cried Viviana, breaking from him. And darting towards the light, she took from her bosom the packet given her by Guy Fawkes, and tore it open. A letter was within it, and a miniature. Opening the letter, she cast her eye rapidly over its contents, and then looking up, exclaimed in accents of delirious...
Page 56 - And muttering other threats to the same effect, he picked his way to the opposite shore. Long before he reached it, the fugitives had disappeared. But on climbing the bank, he beheld them galloping swiftly across a well-wooded district steeped in moonlight, and spread out before his view, and inflamed by the sight, he shouted to his attendants, and once more started in pursuit. Cheered by the fortunate incident above related, which, in presenting her with her own steed in a manner so surprising and...
Page 110 - I feared," replied Sir William, in a desponding tone. " Our oppressors will never cease till they drive us to desperation !" " They will not !" rejoined a voice behind him. " Well may we exclaim with the prophet — ' How long, O Lord, shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear ? Shall I cry out to thee suffering violence, and thou wilt not save ? Why hast thou showed me iniquity and grievance, to see rapine and injustice before me?

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