Captain Myles Standish; His Lost Lands and Lancashire Connections. a New Investigation
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... make John and Priscilla perfect. As for John, when the Captain exploded he should have used more tact. He knew the Captain's nature, and anticipated a stormy scene when he should relate Priscilla's refusal and retort. And yet, when the Captain stormed, he could only remain sullen. Was his pride hurt because Standish likened him to Brutus? He had called himself harder names than that while he wandered alone by the sea. Yet he saw his friend " go forth to danger, perhaps to death, and he spake not! " Moreover his quixotic plan of leaving in the Mayflower soon cooled at the sight of Priscilla. He stayed, not to defend her (a second thought, and a pretty excuse, indeed!), but because she just looked at him as he stood near the boat with one foot placed on the gunwale. As for Priscilla, was she not a little bit forward, in seeking an interview with Alden so soon after her famous " don't you speak for yourself?" There seems to have been a sort of compact between them, not to marry while the Captain felt his " betrayal " so grievously. But this compact was a very brittle thread. It broke at the first rumour of the Captain's death. They did not wait for a burial certificate to be produced; but speeded the wedding with the Puritan equivalent for a special licence. We do not blame Longfellow for touching upon these little failings; but mention them merely to insist that he was not singling out Myles to make sport with him. We imagine the poet's attitude to all those glorious pioneers was--How human they all were 1 The poet's great compliment to Myles occurs in the wedding scene at the end. The Captain comes out of the ordeal of his one defeat with dignity. He turns up unexpectedly at the marriage of John and Priscilla, forgiving and asking forgiveness, ...
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