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.

By Edgar Allan Poe

Page 11

It is strange, too, that he most strongly enlisted
my feelings in behalf of the life of a seaman, when he depicted his
more terrible moments of suffering and despair. For the bright side of
the painting I had a limited sympathy. My visions were of shipwreck and
famine; of death or captivity among barbarian hordes; of a lifetime
dragged out in sorrow and tears, upon some gray and desolate rock, in
an ocean unapproachable and unknown. Such visions or desires--for they
amounted to desires--are common, I have since been assured, to the
whole numerous race of the melancholy among men--at the time of which I
speak I regarded them only as prophetic glimpses of a destiny which I
felt myself in a measure bound to fulfil. Augustus thoroughly entered
into my state of mind. It is probable, indeed, that our intimate
communion had resulted in a partial interchange of character.

About eighteen months after the period of the Ariel's disaster, the
firm of Lloyd and Vredenburgh (a house connected in some manner with
the Messieurs Enderby, I believe, of Liverpool) were engaged in
repairing and fitting out the brig Grampus for a whaling voyage. She
was an old hulk, and scarcely seaworthy when all was done to her that
could be done. I hardly know why she was chosen in preference to other
good vessels belonging to the same owners--but so it was. Mr. Barnard
was appointed to command her, and Augustus was going with him. While
the brig was getting ready, he frequently urged upon me the excellency
of the opportunity now offered for indulging my desire of travel. He
found me by no means an unwilling listener--yet the matter could not be
so easily arranged. My father made no direct opposition; but my mother
went into hysterics at the bare mention of the design; and, more than
all, my grandfather, from whom I expected much, vowed to cut me off
with a shilling if I should ever broach the subject to him again. These
difficulties, however, so far from abating my desire, only added fuel
to the flame. I determined to go at all hazards; and, having made known
my intention to Augustus, we set about arranging a plan by which it
might be accomplished. In the meantime I forbore speaking to any of my
relations in regard to the voyage, and, as I busied myself ostensibly
with my usual studies, it was supposed that I had abandoned the design.
I have since frequently examined my conduct on this occasion with
sentiments of displeasure as well as of surprise. The intense hypocrisy
I

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Eureka: A Prose Poem

Page 7
Let us give Mr.
Page 9
ardent imagination.
Page 15
I use the word "assumption" in its ordinary sense; yet I maintain that even this my primary proposition, is very, very far indeed, from being really a mere assumption.
Page 22
This "vital truth" is _Unity_ as the _source_ of the phaenomenon.
Page 31
_But, in any series of concentric spheres, the surfaces are directly proportional with the squares of the distances from the centre.
Page 35
Thus, we must regard the primary act as an act for the establishment of what we now call "principles.
Page 36
which I have suggested for the atoms, is "an hypothesis and nothing more.
Page 39
For example:--Admitting, for the moment, the possibility of understanding Space _filled_ with the irradiated atoms--that is to say, admitting, as well as we can, for argument's sake, that the succession of the irradiated atoms had absolutely _no end_--then it is abundantly clear that, even when the Volition of God had been withdrawn from them, and thus the tendency to return into Unity permitted (abstractly) to be satisfied, this permission would have been nugatory and invalid--practically valueless and of no effect whatever.
Page 41
But any atom at the circumference has, of course, a more rapid motion than one nearer the centre.
Page 54
It will be seen that the only valid objections to his theory, are those made to its hypothesis _as_ such--to what suggested it--not to what it suggests; to its propositions rather than to its results.
Page 59
"[11] The "exceptions" refer to those frequent gaps in the Heavens, where our utmost scrutiny can detect not only no stellar bodies, but no indications of their existence:--where yawning chasms, blacker than Erebus, seem to afford us glimpses, through the boundary walls of the Universe of Stars, into the illimitable Universe of Vacancy, beyond.
Page 63
They are not practically tangible ones.
Page 64
Now were it possible for an inhabitant of the Earth to see the flash of a cannon discharged in the Moon, and to hear the report, he would have to wait, after perceiving the former, more than 13 entire days and nights before getting any intimation of the latter.
Page 67
But my account of the matter should, in reality, have run thus:--The distance of the Earth from the Sun being taken at one foot, the distance of Neptune would be 40 feet, and that of Alpha Lyrae, 159----_miles_:--that is to say, I had assigned to Alpha Lyrae, in my first statement of the case, only the 5280_th_ _part_ of that distance which is the _least distance possible_ at which it can actually lie.
Page 68
Now, as we proceed along the road, we see these objects changing their positions, respectively, in relation to a certain fixed point in that portion of the firmament which forms the background of the view.
Page 70
In a word, the events which we behold now--at this moment--in those worlds--are the identical events which interested their inhabitants _ten hundred thousand centuries ago_.
Page 74
Admitting, if necessary, this fact to be in reality such, I maintain that nothing is thereby shown except the reality.
Page 91
Alexander.
Page 93
In Ten Series--marked 1 and 10--each containing about eighteen Studies.
Page 101
First, Second, and Third Series, with numerous fine Illustrations engraved in London.