Letters and Sketches from the New Hebrides

Letters and Sketches from the New Hebrides

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...They give them in, after evening Native Worship, which we have in the DiningRoom; and John reads them aloud, corrects the spelling, etc., and furnishes them with fresh paper, and pencils if need be. The little ones, and some big ones too, who are not the length of writing Essays, fill theirs with small words or rows of letters. I don't know that I am right in calling them Essays, for there are no particular subjects given out as yet. But they certainly are compositions after a sort, and their own too; for, the literature of Aniwa being so very circumscribed, they can't cheat us by copying out of books! They are never at any loss, however, except sometimes to get all crushed into one sheet; and it is, of all others, the exercise they like best, and are most careful to prepare. We thoroughly enjoy those Essay Evenings; for some of them are really racy, and supply in a small degree the want of a local newspaper. They catch at any little exciting incident which happens, and if there is bad talk going on, we are sure to get it, with their decidedly-expressed opinions about it and the authors thereof. Wc were greatl-amused, one evening, by the subject of one of those effusions walking in at rather an awkward moment. He was a decent man, too, one of our Church Members, who happened to be staying over the night at the next Village, and looked in upon us. I gathered from little Litsi's (cousin of Litsi the greater) alarmed looks, and the suppressed merriment of the other Girls, that she had been making free with his name in her Essay, which John was just beginning to read. So we telegraphed that it would be necessary to look before reading and to skip personal allusions. These were that " Simonia (the gentleman in question) had scolded some of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 187.96 x 241.3 x 7.62mm | 272.15g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236609255
  • 9781236609250