The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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of any person I have ever known. Seizing a club from one
of the savages who had fallen, he dashed out the brains of the three who
remained, killing each instantaneously with a single blow of the weapon,
and leaving us completely masters of the field.

So rapidly had these events passed, that we could scarcely believe
in their reality, and were standing over the bodies of the dead in a
species of stupid contemplation, when we were brought to recollection by
the sound of shouts in the distance. It was clear that the savages had
been alarmed by the firing, and that we had little chance of avoiding
discovery. To regain the cliff, it would be necessary to proceed in the
direction of the shouts, and even should we succeed in arriving at
its base, we should never be able to ascend it without being seen. Our
situation was one of the greatest peril, and we were hesitating in which
path to commence a flight, when one of the savages _whom _I had shot,
and supposed dead, sprang briskly to his feet, and attempted to make his
escape. We overtook _him, _however, before he had advanced many paces,
and were about to put him to death, when Peters suggested that we might
derive some benefit from forcing him to accompany us in our attempt to
escape. We therefore dragged him with us, making him understand that
we would shoot him if he offered resistance. In a few minutes he was
perfectly submissive, and ran by our sides as we pushed in among the
rocks, making for the seashore.

So far, the irregularities of the ground we had been traversing hid
the sea, except at intervals, from our sight, and, when we first had it
fairly in view, it was perhaps two hundred yards distant. As we emerged
into the open beach we saw, to our great dismay, an immense crowd of the
natives pouring from the village, and from all visible quarters of
the island, making toward us with gesticulations of extreme fury, and
howling like wild beasts. We were upon the point of turning upon our
steps, and trying to secure a retreat among the fastnesses of the
rougher ground, when I discovered the bows of two canoes projecting from
behind a large rock which ran out into the water. Toward these we
now ran with all speed, and, reaching them, found them unguarded, and
without any other freight than three of the large Gallipago turtles
and the usual supply of paddles for sixty rowers. We instantly took
possession of one of them,

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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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We occupied the same bed, and he would be sure to keep me awake until almost light, telling me stories of the natives of the Island of Tinian, and other places he had visited in his travels.
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Upon finding the jug, however, I discovered it to be empty--Tiger, no doubt, having been tempted to drink it, as well as to devour the remnant of mutton, the bone of which lay, well picked, by the opening of the box.
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I could summon up no connected chain of reflection, and, sinking on the floor, gave way, unresistingly, to the most gloomy imaginings, in which the dreadful deaths of thirst, famine, suffocation, and premature interment, crowded upon me as the prominent disasters to be encountered.
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At length, on the night of the third day, there came on a heavy blow from the eastward, and all hands were called up to take in sail.
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He threw open the lantern, and held it as high as possible, whenever an opportunity occurred, in order that, by observing the light, I might, if alive, be aware that succour was approaching.
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The atmosphere of the hold, too, must have appeared to him, coming from the comparatively open air of the steerage, of a nature absolutely poisonous, and by far more intolerable than it had seemed to me upon my first taking up my quarters in the box--the hatchways at that time having been constantly.
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A proper stowage cannot be accomplished in a careless manner, and many most disastrous accidents, even within the limits of my own experience, have arisen from neglect or ignorance in this particular.
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with the mutineers on a kind of exploring and pleasure voyage in those quarters, and said that the men were gradually coming over to the mate's views.
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_ Spoke a brig from Rio, bound to Norfolk.
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When I recovered from this state, the sun was, as near as I could guess, an hour high.
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To his inexpressible grief, however, he found it locked, and was obliged to return without effecting an entrance, as, with the greatest exertion, he could remain under water not more, at the utmost extent, than a single minute.
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However, she still continued to near our hulk, and we felt that, if she but held her present course, she must eventually come so close as to perceive us.
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_January 7.
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At every step we took inland the conviction forced itself upon us that we were in a country differing essentially from any hitherto visited by civilized men.
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After some trouble a certain degree of quiet was restored, when the chief addressed us in a speech of great length, and very nearly resembling the one delivered in the canoes, with the exception that the _Anamoo-moos!_ were now somewhat more strenuously insisted upon than the _Lama-Lamas!_ We listened in profound silence until the conclusion of his harangue, when Captain Guy replied by assuring the chief of his eternal friendship and good-will, concluding.
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We waited here for about an hour, until the four canoes were brought round by some of the savages to our station.
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A description of the nature of this important article of commerce, and the method of preparing it, may prove of some interest to my readers, and I can find no more suitable place than this for introducing an account of it.
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We therefore collected a quantity of dry wood and returned, seeing one or two large parties of the natives on their way to the village, laden with the plunder of the vessel, and who, we were apprehensive, might discover us in passing beneath the hill.
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Nu-Nu now threw himself on his face in the bottom of the boat, and no persuasions could induce him to arise.
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The range of vapour to the southward had arisen prodigiously in the horizon, and began to assume more distinctness of form.