Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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_fricandeaux_ etaient inestimables, quel litterateur
du jour n'aurait pas paye une _Idee de Bon-Bon_ le double de ce qu'il
aurait donne de tout l'etalage de toutes les _Idees_ de tout le reste
des savants? Bon-Bon avait fouille des bibliotheques que nul autre
n'avait fouillees,--il avait lu plus de livres qu'on ne pourrait s'en
faire une idee,--il avait compris plus de choses qu'aucun autre n'eut
jamais concu la possibilite d'en comprendre: et quoique au temps ou il
florissait, il ne manquat pas d'auteurs a Rouen pour affirmer "que ses
ecrits ne l'emportaient ni en purete sur l'Academie, ni en profondeur
sur le Lycee"--quoique, (remarquez bien ceci) ses doctrines ne fussent
generalement pas comprises du tout, il ne s'ensuivait nullement qu'elles
fussent difficiles a comprendre. Ce n'est que leur evidence absolue,
je crois, qui determina plusieurs personnes a les considerer comme
abstruses. C'est a Bon-Bon--n'allons pas plus loin--c'est a Bon-Bon que
Kant lui-meme doit la plus grande partie de sa metaphysique. Bon-Bon
il est vrai, n'etait ni un Platonicien, ni, a strictement parler, un
Aristotelicien--et il n'etait pas homme, comme le moderne Leibnitz, a
perdre les heures precieuses qui pouvaient etre employees a l'invention
d'une fricassee, et par une facile transition, a l'analyse d'une
sensation, en tentatives frivoles pour reconcilier l'eternelle
dissension de l'eau et de l'huile dans les discussions morales. Pas
du tout. Bon-Bon etait ionique--Bon-Bon etait egalement italique. Il
raisonnait _a priori_, il raisonnait aussi _a posteriori_. Ses idees
etaient innees--ou autre chose. Il avait foi en George de Trebizonde--il
avait foi aussi en Bessarion. Bon-Bon etait avant tout un Bon-Boniste.

J'ai parle des capacites de notre philosophe, en tant que
_restaurateur_. Je ne voudrais cependant pas qu'un de mes amis allat
s'imaginer, qu'en remplissant de ce cote ses devoirs hereditaires, notre
heros n'estimait pas a leur valeur leur dignite et leur importance.
Bien loin de la. Il serait impossible de dire de laquelle de ces deux
professions il etait le plus fier. Dans son opinion, les facultes de
l'intellect avaient une liaison tres etroite avec les capacites de
l'estomac. Je ne suis pas eloigne de croire qu'il etait assez a ce
sujet de l'avis des Chinois, qui soutiennent que l'ame a son siege dans
l'abdomen. En tout cas, pensait-il, les Grecs avaient raison d'employer
le meme mot pour l'esprit et le diaphragme[59]. En lui attribuant
cette opinion, je ne veux pas insinuer qu'il avait un penchant a la
gloutonnerie, ni autre charge serieuse au prejudice du metaphysicien. Si
Pierre Bon-Bon avait ses faibles--et quel est le grand homme qui n'en
ait pas mille?--si Pierre Bon-Bon, dis-je, avait ses faibles, c'etaient
des faibles de fort peu d'importance--des defauts, qui, dans

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Text Comparison with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus, on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

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She had a half-deck or cuddy, and was rigged sloop-fashion--I forget her tonnage, but she would hold ten persons without much crowding.
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This had been the original draught; but the handwriting not being sufficiently well imitated, Augustus had written another, thrusting the first, by good fortune, into his coat-pocket, where it was now most opportunely discovered.
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His demeanour was exceedingly capricious and even grotesque.
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He then freed himself from the rope and irons, and prepared for his attempt.
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Fortunate, indeed, was it that the incident occurred--for, upon this incident, trivial as it appears, the thread of my destiny depended.
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This result is occasioned by _settling_ during the voyage, and is the more perceptible in proportion to the roughness of the weather experienced.
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All hands employed in repairing bulwarks.
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From certain indications, too, such, for example, as there being no such thing as an axe or a handspike lying in their customary places, we began to fear that the mate had his suspicions, at least in regard to Peters, and that he would let slip no opportunity of getting rid of him.
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I then gave the same appearance to my hands by drawing on a pair of white woollen mittens, and filling them in with any kind of rags that offered themselves.
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When we put them on after this, they felt remarkably warm and pleasant, and served to invigorate us in no little degree.
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Having rested a while after this fortunate discovery, I again descended, and now recovered the chain, with which I instantly came up.
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Their steps are very slow, measured, and heavy, their bodies being carried about a foot from the ground.
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_August 5.
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A strong gale blew, during the whole forenoon, from the northeast, and drove large cakes of the drift against the rudder and counter with such violence that we all trembled for the consequences.
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The greater number, however, consisted of small shallow caverns, apparently scratched in the face of a precipitous ledge of dark stone, resembling fuller's earth, with which three sides of the village was bounded.
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Strong cords of grape vine were attached to the stakes still remaining on the hill, and it was evident that such cords had also been attached to each of the other stakes.
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They appeared to have no arms except short clubs, and stones which lay in the bottom of the rafts.
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At length, seeing me totter, he hastened to ascend to my rescue, and arrived just in time for my preservation.
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There were six or seven islands in sight belonging to the same group, and distant from each other about five or six leagues; but upon neither of these had we any intention to venture.
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_March 9.