The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

Page 17

I remembered all. Striking a light, I
looked at the watch; but it was run down, and there were, consequently,
no means of determining how long I slept. My limbs were greatly cramped,
and I was forced to relieve them by standing between the crates.
Presently feeling an almost ravenous appetite, I bethought myself of the
cold mutton, some of which I had eaten just before going to sleep, and
found excellent. What was my astonishment in discovering it to be in a
state of absolute putrefaction! This circumstance occasioned me great
disquietude; for, connecting it with the disorder of mind I experienced
upon awakening, I began to suppose that I must have slept for an
inordinately long period of time. The close atmosphere of the hold might
have had something to do with this, and might, in the end, be productive
of the most serious results. My head ached excessively; I fancied that I
drew every breath with difficulty; and, in short, I was oppressed with
a multitude of gloomy feelings. Still I could not venture to make any
disturbance by opening the trap or otherwise, and, having wound up the
watch, contented myself as well as possible.

Throughout the whole of the next tedious twenty-four hours no person
came to my relief, and I could not help accusing Augustus of the
grossest inattention. What alarmed me chiefly was, that the water in
my jug was reduced to about half a pint, and I was suffering much from
thirst, having eaten freely of the Bologna sausages after the loss of my
mutton. I became very uneasy, and could no longer take any interest in
my books. I was overpowered, too, with a desire to sleep, yet trembled
at the thought of indulging it, lest there might exist some pernicious
influence, like that of burning charcoal, in the confined air of the
hold. In the meantime the roll of the brig told me that we were far in
the main ocean, and a dull humming sound, which reached my ears as if
from an immense distance, convinced me no ordinary gale was blowing. I
could not imagine a reason for the absence of Augustus. We were surely
far enough advanced on our voyage to allow of my going up. Some accident
might have happened to him--but I could think of none which would
account for his suffering me to remain so long a prisoner, except,
indeed, his having suddenly died or fallen overboard, and upon this idea
I could not dwell with any degree of patience. It was possible that we
had been baffled by

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Selections from Poe

Page 4
He vainly sought a government position, that a livelihood might be assured while he carried out his literary plans.
Page 5
During this time he thought out and wrote "Eureka," a treatise on the structure, laws, and destiny of the universe, which he desired to have regarded as a poem.
Page 18
Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish, Now are visions ne'er to vanish; 20 From thy spirit shall they pass No more, like dewdrops from the grass.
Page 25
" THE VALLEY OF UNREST Once it smiled a silent dell Where the people did not dwell; They had gone unto the wars, Trusting to the mild-eyed stars, Nightly, from their azure towers, 5 To keep watch above the flowers, In the midst of which all day The red sunlight lazily lay.
Page 42
Clad all in white, upon a violet bank I saw thee half reclining; while the moon Fell on the upturned faces of the roses, And on thine own, upturned--alas, in sorrow! 20 Was it not Fate, that, on this July midnight-- Was it not Fate (whose name is also Sorrow) That bade me pause before that garden-gate To breathe the incense of those slumbering roses? No footsteps stirred: the hated world all slept, 25 Save only thee and me--O Heaven! O God! How my heart beats in coupling those two words!-- Save only thee and me.
Page 43
A VALENTINE For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda, Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Page 48
And the people--ah, the people, They that dwell up in the steeple, .
Page 50
5 Than to love and be loved by me.
Page 68
Death approaches; and the shadow which foreruns him has thrown a softening influence over my spirit.
Page 77
My breast heaved, my knees tottered, my whole spirit became possessed with an objectless yet intolerable horror.
Page 91
"--These are the words of the "Encyclopædia Britannica.
Page 101
As it is myself who now tell you this tale--as you see that I _did_ escape--and as you are already in possession of the mode in which this escape was effected, and must therefore anticipate all that I have farther to say--I will bring my story quickly to conclusion.
Page 103
These windows were of stained glass, whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.
Page 131
In a few minutes, the pan having become thoroughly heated, I removed the slip, and, to my inexpressible joy, found it spotted, in several places, with what appeared to be figures arranged in lines.
Page 136
I have said enough to convince you that ciphers of this nature are readily soluble, and to give you some insight into the rationale of their development.
Page 147
"The measures adopted were not only the best of their kind, but carried out to absolute perfection.
Page 150
fools.
Page 152
.
Page 154
But then, the _radicalness_ of these differences, which was excessive; the dirt; the soiled and torn condition of the paper, so inconsistent with the _true_ methodical habits of D----, and so suggestive of a design to delude the beholder into an idea of the worthlessness of the document; these things, together with the hyperobtrusive situation of this document, full in the view of every visitor, and thus exactly in accordance with the conclusions to which I had previously arrived; these things, I say, were strongly corroborative of suspicion, in one who came with the intention to suspect.
Page 160
Mimes: actors, who in this case are men; mankind.