The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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the fissure,
where it made a turn to the left. A few struggles more, and we reached
the bend, when to our inexpressible joy, there appeared a long seam or
crack extending upward a vast distance, generally at an angle of about
forty-five degrees, although sometimes much more precipitous. We could
not see through the whole extent of this opening; but, as a good deal of
light came down it, we had little doubt of finding at the top of it (if
we could by any means reach the top) a clear passage into the open air.

I now called to mind that three of us had entered the fissure from
the main gorge, and that our companion, Allen, was still missing; we
determined at once to retrace our steps and look for him. After a long
search, and much danger from the farther caving in of the earth above
us, Peters at length cried out to me that he had hold of our companion’s
foot, and that his whole body was deeply buried beneath the rubbish
beyond the possibility of extricating him. I soon found that what he
said was too true, and that, of course, life had been long extinct. With
sorrowful hearts, therefore, we left the corpse to its fate, and again
made our way to the bend.

The breadth of the seam was barely sufficient to admit us, and, after
one or two ineffectual efforts at getting up, we began once more to
despair. I have before said that the chain of hills through which
ran the main gorge was composed of a species of soft rock resembling
soapstone. The sides of the cleft we were now attempting to ascend were
of the same material, and so excessively slippery, being wet, that we
could get but little foothold upon them even in their least precipitous
parts; in some places, where the ascent was nearly perpendicular, the
difficulty was, of course, much aggravated; and, indeed, for some time
we thought insurmountable. We took courage, however, from despair, and
what, by dint of cutting steps in the soft stone with our bowie knives,
and swinging at the risk of our lives, to small projecting points of
a harder species of slaty rock which now and then protruded from the
general mass, we at length reached a natural platform, from which was
perceptible a patch of blue sky, at the extremity of a thickly-wooded
ravine. Looking back now, with somewhat more leisure, at the passage
through which we had thus far proceeded, we clearly saw from the
appearance of its sides, that it was

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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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I afterward found that Augustus had purposely arranged the stowage in this hold with a view to affording me a thorough concealment, having had only one assistant in the labour, a man not going out in the brig.
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They now fell to disputing in regard to the fate of the survivers, who lay not more than four paces off, and could distinguish every word said.
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If this, however, has not been strictly attended to, in the first of these heavy lurches the whole of the cargo tumbles over to the side of the vessel which lies upon the water, and, being thus prevented from regaining her equilibrium, as she would otherwise necessarily do, she is certain to fill in a few seconds and go down.
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say that at least one half of the instances in which vessels have foundered in heavy gales at sea may be attributed to a shifting of cargo or of ballast.
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The brig took in a good deal of water through her seams, and one of the pumps was kept continually going, Augustus being forced to take his turn.
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In moderate weather, it is frequently done with a view of merely bringing the vessel to a stand-still, to wait for another vessel, or any similar object.
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It was only partially closed, precautions having been taken to prevent its being suddenly pushed to from without, by means of placing billets of wood on the upper step so as to interfere with the shutting.
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" It was well for us that the pitching of the vessel at this moment was so violent as to prevent this order from being carried into instant execution.
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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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They replied to all my assertions with a stare and a gesture implying that they were not to be deceived by such misrepresentations.
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He drank the water from the sheet as we caught it (we holding it above him as he lay so as to let it run into his mouth), for we had now nothing left capable of holding water, unless we had chosen to empty out our wine from the carboy, or the stale water from the jug.
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My principal terror was now on account of the sharks, which I knew to be in my vicinity.
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to distinguish the harbour.
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The whole atmosphere just above the settlement is darkened with the immense number of the albatross (mingled with the smaller tribes) which are continually hovering over it, either going to the ocean or returning home.
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Cook was standing for this land when his progress was arrested by the ice; which, we apprehend, must always be the case in that point, and so early in the season as the sixth of January--and we should not be surprised if a portion of the icy mountains described was attached to the main body of Palmer's Land, or to some other portions of land lying farther to the southward and westward.
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The latter soon recovered himself, and a rope being thrown him, he secured the carcass before entering the boat.
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It was now necessary to untie the handkerchiefs from the topmost peg, with the view of fastening them to the second; and here he found that an error had been committed in cutting the holes at so great a distance apart.
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group in sight.
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I felt a _numbness_ of body and mind--a dreaminess of sensation--but this was all.