An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean: With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language, Bind 1

Constable and Company, 1827 - 2 sider

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Side 244 - And now as we stand motionless on the eminence over Anoo Mdnoo, the whistling of the wind among the branches of the lofty ion shall fill us with a pleasing melancholy ; or our minds shall be seized with astonishment as we behold the roaring surf below, endeavouring but in vain to tear away the firm rocks. Oh ! how much happier shall we be thus employed, than when engaged in the troublesome and insipid affairs of life ! Now, as night comes on, we must return to the Mooa : — but hark!
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Side 115 - I ?" and then without stopping for any attempt at an explanation, he impatiently ordered Mr. Mariner to write something else, and thus employed him for three or four hours in putting down the names of different persons, places, and things, and making the other man read them. This afforded extraordinary diversion to Finow, and to all the men and women present, particularly as he now and then whispered a little love anecdote, which was strictly written down and audibly read by the other, not a little...
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Side 198 - Kissing the hand is a less humiliating observance than kissing the feet ; mainly, perhaps, because it does not involve a prostration. This difference of implication is recognized in regions remote from one another. In Tonga, "when a person salutes a superior relation, he kisses the hand of the party ; if a very superior relation, he kisses the foot.
Side 310 - Is this not a proof of my fidelity? Does this not evince loyalty and attachment to the memory of the departed warrior?
Side 217 - Mariner, supposing it to be the famous cavern of which he had heard some account, without any further hesitation, prepared* himself to follow his companion, who dived into the water, 'and he after him, and, guided by the light reflected from his heels, entered the opening in the rock, and rose into the cavern. He was no sooner above the surface of the water than, sure enough, he heard the voices of the king and his friends : being directed by his guide, he climbed upon a jutting portion of rock,...
Side 124 - ... three to six feet long) so as to produce, held by the middle, and one end being struck on the ground, different notes, according to the intended tune (all the knots being cut out of the bamboo, and one end plugged up with soft wood). The only other instrument was a piece of split bamboo, on which a man struck with two sticks, one in each hand, to regulate the time.

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