On Blue Water

On Blue Water

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...there? And was it true that in the year when one went to America a season was lost, and what became of that season? The commissary tried to set the matter forth, but some paid no attention whatever to the explanation they had asked for; as if that were time lost; or else brought the whole force of their minds to bear upon what he said in the hope of comprehending it, but at last gave it up with a gesture of despair. The conclusion reached by most of them was a strong suspicion that all these wonders were nothing but a parcel of stuff got off by the sig-nori to make a show of learning; or at all events that these explanations were made out of whole cloth by persons who knew no more about it than anyone else. A large majority would rather have believed in the three legendary monks of Asia who have for fifteen hundred years been walking straight forward to find the place where the sun rises. It was not, indeed, inspiriting to reflect that a thousand perhaps out of those sixteen hundred citizens of one of the most civilized countries of Europe had no broader or more correct views about the earth and the heavens than an equal number of their own class would have had five hundred years ago; and that, after all, it may be that in this world there is a certain irreducible quantity of ignorance which, though kept in bounds and shaped in a hundred ways, like a mass of water, cannot be lessened in amount. Be that as it may, the crossing of the Equator was a holiday for everybody; that the more because of a special dole of three litres of wine per rancio which had been announced, and because the captain had given orders to open the hatches and let everyone get at his baggage. It was a great treat for them to have out some fresh things in place of their old...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666712
  • 9781236666710