Great Sea Stories
...It is one of the curiosities of literature, a fact that old Isaac Disraeli might have delighted to linger over, that there have been no collectors of sea-tales; that no man has ever, as in the present instance, dwelt upon the topic with the purpose of gathering some of the best work into a single volume. And yet men have written of the sea since 2500 B.C. when an unknown author set down on papyrus his account of a struggle with a sea-serpent. This account, now in the British Museum, is the first sea-story on record. Our modern sea-stories begin properly with the chronicles of the early navigators-in many of which there is an unconscious art that none of our modern masters of fiction has greatly surpassed. ...
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... and then ascertaining the precise bearing of the odor as nearly as possible ,
Ahab rapidly ordered the ship ' s course to be slightly altered , and the sail to be
shortened . The acute policy dictating these movements was sufficiently
Ahab. ,. flattening. his. face. to. the sky . " Nothing , nothing , sir ! " was the sound
hailing down in reply . “ T ' gallant sails ! — stunsails ! alow and aloft , and on both
sides ! " All sail being set , he now cast loose the life - line , reserved for ...
brace up ! Shiver her ! — shiver her ! So ; well that ! Boats , boats ! " Soon all the
boats but Starbuck ' s were dropped ; all the boat - sails set - all the paddles
plying ; with rippling swiftness , shooting to leeward ; and Ahab heading the onset
An hour , " said Ahab , standing rooted in his boat ' s stern ; and he gazed beyond
the whale ' s place , toward the dim blue spaces and wide wooing vacancies to
leeward . It was only an instant ; for again his eyes seemed whirling round in his ...
The bluish pearl - white of the inside of the jaw was within six inches of Ahab ' s
head , and reached higher than that . In this attitude the White Whale now shook
the slight cedar as a mildly cruel cat her mouse . With unastonished eyes ...