ante los ojos. El
equívoco con la palabra _Kidd_ es apreciable solamente en inglés. A no
ser por esta consideración, habría ensayado primero el español y el
francés, por ser idiomas en que un pirata de los mares españoles hubiera
debido escribir naturalmente un secreto de tal naturaleza. Pero en este
caso di por sentado que el jeroglífico estaba combinado en inglés.
Observaréis que no existe división entre las palabras. De haberla, la
tarea habría sido fácil relativamente. Habría comenzado entonces por la
comparación y análisis de las palabras más cortas, y si alguna palabra
constaba de una sola letra como era muy probable, _a_ (un, una) o _I_
(yo), por ejemplo, habría dado inmediatamente la solución por vencida.
Mas no existiendo separación, mi primer movimiento fué deslindar tanto
los signos predominantes como los menos frecuentes. Contándolos todos,
formulé una tabla en esta forma:
Signos 8 figuraban 33 veces
; " 26 "
4 " 19 "
[crd]) " 16 "
* " 13 "
5 " 12 "
6 " 11 "
[cr]I " 8 "
o " 6 "
2 " 5 "
:3 " 4 "
? " 3 "
¶ " 2 "
There is a twofold Silence--sea and shore, 5 Body and soul.Page 32
Bottomless vales and boundless floods, And chasms and caves and Titan woods, 10 With forms that no man can discover For the tears that drip all over; Mountains toppling evermore Into seas without a shore; Seas that restlessly aspire, 15 Surging, unto skies of fire; Lakes that endlessly outspread Their lone waters, lone and dead,-- Their still waters, still and chilly With the snows of the lolling lily.Page 43
A VALENTINE For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda, Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.Page 56
The now ghastly pallor of the skin, and the now miraculous lustre of the eye, above all things startled and even awed me.Page 63
I presently recognized it as that of Usher.Page 64
I say that even their exceeding density did not prevent our perceiving this; yet we had no glimpse of the moon or stars, nor was there any flashing forth of the lightning.Page 68
Suddenly there shot along the path a wild light, and I turned to see whence a gleam so unusual could have issued; for the vast house and its shadows were alone behind me.Page 79
his face I could not distinguish.Page 88
The one midway is Moskoe.Page 96
"It could not have been more than two minutes afterwards until we suddenly felt the waves subside, and were enveloped in foam.Page 97
"It may appear strange, but now, when we were in the very jaws of the gulf, I felt more composed than when we were only approaching it.Page 110
It is the loveliest thing in creation!" "What?--sunrise?" "Nonsense! no!--the bug.Page 111
He received the paper very peevishly, and was about to crumple it, apparently to throw it in the fire, when a casual glance at the design seemed suddenly to rivet his attention.Page 123
In a few seconds he had uncovered a mass of human bones, forming two complete skeletons, intermingled with several buttons of metal, and what appeared to be the dust of decayed woollen.Page 127
The mind struggles to establish a connection--a sequence of cause and effect--and, being unable to do so, suffers a species of temporary paralysis.Page 132
I made up my mind, at once, that this was of a simple species--such, however, as would appear, to the crude intellect of the sailor, absolutely insoluble without the key.Page 138
' This latter direction I at once established by means of a pocket-compass; then, pointing the glass as nearly at an angle of twenty-one degrees of elevation as I could do it by guess, I moved it cautiously up or down, until my attention was arrested by a circular rift or opening in the foliage of a large tree that over-topped its fellows in the distance.Page 152
Again: have you ever noticed which of the street signs, over the shop-doors, are the most attractive of attention?" "I have never given the matter a thought," I said.Page 154
Here the seal was large and black, with the D---- cipher; there it was small and red, with the ducal arms of the S---- family.Page 168