of the shroud gasped like a
dying fish; and he of the coffin looked stiff and rolled up his eyes.
âUgh! ugh! ugh!â chuckled Tarpaulin without heeding the general
excitation, âugh! ugh! ugh!--ugh! ugh! ugh!--ugh! ugh! ugh!--I was
saying,â said he, âI was saying when Mr. King Pest poked in his
marlin-spike, that as for the matter of two or three gallons more or
less of Black Strap, it was a trifle to a tight sea-boat like myself not
overstowed--but when it comes to drinking the health of the Devil (whom
God assoilzie) and going down upon my marrow bones to his ill-favored
majesty there, whom I know, as well as I know myself to be a sinner, to
be nobody in the whole world, but Tim Hurlygurly the stage-player--why!
itâs quite another guess sort of a thing, and utterly and altogether
past my comprehension.â
He was not allowed to finish this speech in tranquillity. At the name
Tim Hurlygurly the whole assembly leaped from their name seats.
âTreason!â shouted his Majesty King Pest the First.
âTreason!â said the little man with the gout.
âTreason!â screamed the Arch Duchess Ana-Pest.
âTreason!â muttered the gentleman with his jaws tied up.
âTreason!â growled he of the coffin.
âTreason! treason!â shrieked her majesty of the mouth; and, seizing by
the hinder part of his breeches the unfortunate Tarpaulin, who had just
commenced pouring out for himself a skull of liqueur, she lifted him
high into the air, and let him fall without ceremony into the huge open
puncheon of his beloved ale. Bobbing up and down, for a few seconds,
like an apple in a bowl of toddy, he, at length, finally disappeared
amid the whirlpool of foam which, in the already effervescent liquor,
his struggles easily succeeded in creating.
Not tamely, however, did the tall seaman behold the discomfiture of his
companion. Jostling King Pest through the open trap, the valiant Legs
slammed the door down upon him with an oath, and strode towards the
centre of the room. Here tearing down the skeleton which swung over the
table, he laid it about him with so much energy and good will, that, as
the last glimpses of light died away within the apartment, he succeeded
in knocking out the brains of the little gentleman with the gout.
Rushing then with all his force against the fatal hogshead full of
October ale and Hugh Tarpaulin, he rolled it over and over in an
instant. Out burst a deluge of liquor so fierce--so impetuous--so
overwhelming--that the room was flooded from wall to wall--the loaded
table was overturned--the tressels were thrown upon their backs--the
" [Footnote 1: A well-known Marylander, author of "Horse-Shoe Robinson," "Swallow Barn," "Rob of the Bowl," and other popular novels of the day, and later Secretary of the Navy.Page 15
" BIBLIOGRAPHY The year after Poe's death there appeared "The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe," with a Memoir, in two volumes, edited by R.Page 22
Resignedly beneath the sky The melancholy waters lie.Page 47
in the sky, For it sparkles with Annie: It glows with the light Of the love of my Annie, 100 With the thought of the light Of the eyes of my Annie.Page 56
In the manner of my friend I was at once struck with an incoherence, an inconsistency; and I soon found this to arise from a series of feeble and futile struggles to overcome an habitual trepidancy, an excessive nervous agitation.Page 62
The door, of massive iron, had been, also, similarly protected.Page 68
From comparatively trivial wickedness I passed, with the stride of a giant, into more than the enormities of an Elah-Gabalus.Page 71
During the five years of my residence here I was never able to ascertain, with precision, in what remote locality lay the little sleeping apartment assigned to myself and some eighteen or twenty other scholars.Page 81
What now might have been my conduct it is difficult to say.Page 87
Now raise yourself up a little higher--hold on to the grass if you feel giddy--so--and look out, beyond the belt of vapor beneath us, into the sea.Page 99
I _must_ have been delirious--for I even sought.Page 100
I called to mind the great variety of buoyant matter that strewed the coast of Lofoden, having been absorbed and then thrown forth by the Moskoe-strÃ¶m.Page 102
By degrees, the froth and the rainbow disappeared, and the bottom of the gulf seemed slowly to uprise.Page 122
a depth of five feet, and yet no signs of any treasure became manifest.Page 129
When I considered all these particulars, I doubted not for a moment that _heat_ had been the agent in bringing to light, on the parchment, the skull which I saw designed on it.Page 141
" "Perhaps it is the very simplicity of the thing which puts you at fault," said my friend.Page 152
These, like the over-largely lettered signs and placards of the street, escape observation by dint of being excessively obvious; and here the physical oversight is precisely analogous with the moral inapprehension by which the intellect suffers to pass unnoticed those considerations which are too obtrusively and too palpably self-evident.Page 162
Poe may mean that the year has seemed endless to him, but apparently he uses the word in the sense of memorable.Page 167
Draconian Laws: Draco was an Athenian legislator, who codified the laws of his city in 621 B.Page 171