The Danes Sketched by Themselves. (of 3) Volume II

The Danes Sketched by Themselves. (of 3) Volume II

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Excerpt: ...the centre of a group of peasants who had gathered on the sandhills. Below, upon the sea-shore, were to be seen several fishermen hard at work, drawing up their boats farther on the beach, and when that was done, standing in silence, anxiously contemplating the sea, on which a large ship was struggling with the furious wind, and heavy waves that were every moment driving it nearer to the land, notwithstanding all the efforts those on board seemed making to escape the threatened danger. The groups among the sandhills were less silent. The smith had just declared, in decisive tones, to what nation the unfortunate ship belonged. 'Yes, as I have this moment told you, ' he continued, in the sort of barbarous Danish in which he usually spoke. 'It is an English vessel, and I thank God it is not Swedish.' 'Why?' asked the tailor. 'Because they build their ships with such bad timber--only fir and pine--not an inch of good strong oak among it. I wish no evil to anyone, or anything; but if it be our Lord's will that a ship is to be run aground to-night, I am glad it should be an Englishman: those English know how to build ships.' 'You are right, there, Master Harfiz ' said the tailor. 'What capital iron bolts we got from the last wreck, and what excellent oak timber to boot When the wreck that is going to be is brought to auction, I shall look out for a share of it.' 'And I also, ' said the smith. 'I dare say, now, that craft out there will furnish me with some good strong posts for my new smithy; it does not look to be built of tinder or matches.' 'We can discern the goodness of the Almighty towards all mankind, ' remarked the tailor. 'No cotton grows here--no silk, no iron is to be found; nothing, so to speak, but salt fish can be got on these bare coasts, and He is good enough every year to let one or two vessels be lost here that we may obtain what we require at a reasonable rate.' 'Yes, and He mercifully ordains this to happen generally in the fall of the
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236687779
  • 9781236687777