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

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nature, and he could not suppose that I had undergone
any inconvenience from my incarceration. He had just made up his mind
on these points when his attention was arrested by an unusual bustle,
the sound of which proceeded apparently from the cabin. He sprang
through the trap as quickly as possible, closed it, and threw open the
door of his stateroom. No sooner had he put his foot over the threshold
than a pistol flashed in his face, and he was knocked down, at the same
moment, by a blow from a handspike.

A strong hand held him on the cabin floor, with a tight grasp upon his
throat--still he was able to see what was going on around him. His
father was tied hand and foot, and lying along the steps of the
companion-way with his head down, and a deep wound in the forehead,
from which the blood was flowing in a continued stream. He spoke not a
word, and was apparently dying. Over him stood the first mate, eying
him with an expression of fiendish derision, and deliberately searching
his pockets, from which he presently drew forth a large wallet and a
chronometer. Seven of the crew (among whom was the cook, a negro) were
rummaging the staterooms on the larboard for arms, where they soon
equipped themselves with muskets and ammunition. Besides Augustus and
Captain Barnard, there were nine men altogether in the cabin, and these
among the most ruffianly of the brig's company. The villains now went
upon deck, taking my friend with them, after having secured his arms
behind his back. They proceeded straight to the forecastle, which was
fastened down--two of the mutineers standing by it with axes--two also
at the main hatch. The mate called out in a loud voice, "Do you hear
there below? tumble up with you--one by one, now, mark that--and no
grumbling." It was some minutes before any one appeared: at last an
Englishman, who had shipped as a raw hand, came up, weeping piteously,
and entreating the mate in the most humble manner to spare his life.
The only reply was a blow on the forehead from an axe. The poor fellow
fell to the deck without a groan, and the black cook lifted him up in
his arms as he would a child, and tossed him deliberately into the sea.
Hearing the blow and the plunge of the body, the men below could now be
induced to venture on deck neither by threats nor promises, until a
proposition was made to smoke them out. A general rush then ensued,

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Το μέγεθος όμως της εμπαθούς Î±Ï Ï„Î®Ï‚ αφοσιώσεως κατενόησα προ πάντων κατά τας Ï„ÎµÎ»ÎµÏ Ï„Î±Î¯Î±Ï‚ ημέρας Ï„Î¿Ï Î²Î¯Î¿Ï Ï„Î·Ï‚Â· επί Î¿Î»Î¿ÎºÎ»Î®ÏÎ¿Ï Ï‚ ώρας κρατούσα την χείρα Î¼Î¿Ï ÎµÎ½Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ της ιδικής της, μοι εξέχεε Ï€Î»Î®Î¼Ï ÏÏÎ±Î½ αισθημάτων, ενόησα δε τότε ότι τον Î´Î¹Î¬Ï€Ï ÏÎ¿Î½ πόθον της ζωής εξήγειρεν εν Î±Ï Ï„Î® το πάθος Ï„Î¿Ï Î­ÏÏ‰Ï„Î¿Ï‚, αλλ' έρωτος, Ï†ÎµÏ ! μη ικανοποιηθέντος.
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Ï€Î¿Ï ÎµÎ¯Î½Î±Î¹, καθώς γνωρίζομεν, αισθητώς μακρότεραι εις την Î±Ï Î»Î®Î½ παρά παντού αλλού — εάν δεν είχαν ένα γελωτοποιόν Ï€Î¿Ï Î½Î± Ï„Î¿Ï Ï‚ κάνη να Î³ÎµÎ»Î¬ÏƒÎ¿Ï Î½, και ένα νάνον εις βάρος Ï„Î¿Ï Î¿Ï€Î¿Î¯Î¿Ï Î½Î± δύνανται να Î³ÎµÎ»Î¬ÏƒÎ¿Ï Î½.
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