The Cruise of the "Wild Duck"; And Other Tales

The Cruise of the "Wild Duck"; And Other Tales

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...he sets a bad example, but when a clergyman scandalises his parish it is much worse. The majority of the people in a village are tolerably callous, but there are always some tender consciences, like Soren's, that suffer because they cannot perceive the moral that eternally underlies all human weakness and passion. Every day he grew more and more sombre; and he could not, like his brothers, bury his thoughts with the nets in the deep sea and bring them up again in the form of shining fish. It was a remark dropped accidentally by his father that first recalled him to an active life. With one good leg and a couple of fists no one was forced to live on other people, Ole had said. Soren blushed, pulled himself together, and set to work. It was from the ship that the first suggestion came. Soren rigged out a new ship, which was put in an exhibition and afterwards bought by an admiral for a chamber of models. Other ships were soon launched; some went to churches, others to toyshops. Some sailed on educational voyages, others on pleasure trips. Soren's thoughts sailed away with them; they no longer stayed at home consuming his strength. They showed him the world in its various forms, and a great universal law behind them all--the moral law and the law of life. Soren turned philosopher, and when the first shock of parting with his old, morbidly scrupulous views was over, he felt that he had profited by the exchange. And so twenty years went by. The brothers had long since taken wives to themselves, and now had boys of their own. Soren had made himself a new. leg, much better than the old English one that had cost six pounds sterling. He meditated, and he rigged out his boats, he put by a little money and helped his brothers; he was now perhaps the more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584422
  • 9781236584427