where a chasm threw itself open to
receive us. But there arose in our pathway a shrouded human figure,
very far larger in its proportions than any dweller among men. And the
hue of the skin of the figure was of the perfect whiteness of the snow.
The circumstances connected with the late sudden and distressing death
of Mr. Pym are already well known to the public through the medium of
the daily press. It is feared that the few remaining chapters which
were to have completed his narrative, and which were retained by him,
while the above were in type, for the purpose of revision, have been
irrecoverably lost through the accident by which he perished himself.
This, however, may prove not to be the case, and the papers, if
ultimately found, will be given to the public.
No means have been left untried to remedy the deficiency. The gentleman
whose name is mentioned in the preface, and who, from the statement
there made, might be supposed able to fill the vacuum, has declined the
task--this for satisfactory reasons connected with the general
inaccuracy of the details afforded him, and his disbelief in the entire
truth of the latter portions of the narration. Peters, from whom some
information might be expected, is still alive, and a resident of
Illinois, but cannot be met with at present. He may hereafter be found,
and will, no doubt, afford material for a conclusion of Mr. Pym's
The loss of the two or three final chapters (for there were but two or
three) is the more deeply to be regretted, as, it cannot be doubted,
they contained matter relative to the Pole itself, or at least to
regions in its very near proximity; and as, too, the statements of the
author in relation to these regions may shortly be verified or
contradicted by means of the governmental expedition now preparing for
the Southern Ocean.
On one point in the Narrative some remarks may be well offered; and it
would afford the writer of this appendix much pleasure if what he may
here observe should have a tendency to throw credit, in any degree,
upon the very singular pages now published. We allude to the chasms
found in the island of Tsalal, and to the whole of the figures in the
latter portion of Chapter XXIII.
Mr. Pym has given the figures of the chasms without comment, and speaks
decidedly of the _indentures_ found at the extremity of the most
easterly of these chasms as having but a fanciful resemblance to
alphabetical characters, and, in short, as being positively _not such_.
In raising images of horror, also, he has strange success, conveying to us sometimes by a dusky hint some terrible _doubt _which is the secret of all horror.Page 17
Under that degree of intoxication which only acted upon him by demonizing his sense of truth and right, he doubtless said and did much that was wholly irreconcilable with his better nature; but, when himself, and as we knew him only, his modesty and unaffected humility, as to his own deservings, were a constant charm to his character.Page 33
Indeed, I had so well secured them in their places, that such an accident was entirely out of.Page 62
That an odd little dwarf and bottle conjurer, both of whose ears, for some misdemeanor, have been cut off close to his head, has been missing for several days from the neighboring city of Bruges.Page 68
One of these assumed, that the "gravitating power" extended but a short distance from the earth's surface, and, accordingly, we find our voyager "carried insensibly around the globe," etc.Page 74
Hab for to keep mighty tight eye pon him noovers.Page 86
It was growing late, and it behooved us to make exertion, that we might get every thing housed before daylight.Page 100
a foot wide, while a niche in the cliff just above it, gave it a rude resemblance to one of the hollow-backed chairs used by our ancestors.Page 108
--_Sir Thomas Browne.Page 109
To be less abstract--Let us suppose a game of draughts where the pieces are reduced to four kings, and where, of course, no oversight is to be expected.Page 115
As the second landing was reached, these sounds, also, had ceased.Page 123
We went up stairs--into the chamber where the body of Mademoiselle L'Espanaye had been found, and where both the deceased still lay.Page 125
"That was the evidence itself," said Dupin, "but it was not the peculiarity of the evidence.Page 146
In the outer garment, a slip, about a foot wide, had been torn upward from the bottom hem to the waist, but not torn off.Page 148
body was that of Marie Rogêt? He ripped up the gown sleeve, and says he found marks which satisfied him of the identity.Page 158
' Thus, in the latter instance, the body, as a general rule, would not sink at all--a fact of which L'Etoile is evidently ignorant.Page 168
But in consenting so to accompany this individual, (_for whatever purpose--to her mother known or unknown,_) she must have thought of her expressed.Page 177
His sole thought is immediate escape.Page 196
Upon the whole, no person could be less liable than myself to be led away from the severe precincts of truth by the ignes fatui of superstition.