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I felt hands fumbling with a knot at the back of my head . “ You ' re all right , ” he
said again . The hubbub of voices ceased suddenly . “ Now , lads , bring ' em
along . " A voice I knew said their watchword , “ Snuff and enough , loudly , and
I felt glad and flattered that a personage so romantic should deem me a fit
companion for himself . He went forward as if with some purpose . Some days
afterwards the second mate sent for me to his cabin . He had been on the sick list
, and he ...
By that time I was too amazed to get angry . I simply suspected the Blue Nose of
being drunk . But he glared at me so soberly that next moment I felt frightened . “
Hanged by the neck , ” he repeated ; and then added , “ Young fellow , you scoot .
And yet I remembered how unhappy I felt , how inexplicably unhappy . Presently
the reason was made clear . I was homesick . I gave no further thought to the
second mate . I looked at the harbor we were entering , and thought of the home I
... he was sure , would welcome me . Jamaica and a planter ' s life were not fit for
me . I had not then spoken very loudly , or had not made my meaning very clear .
I felt a great desire to find Macdonald , and a simple life that I could understand .
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“And on this ghostly sigh, on this breath, with the feeble click of beads in the nun’s hands, a silence fell upon the room, vast as the stillness of a world of unknown faiths, loves, beliefs, of ... Read full review