The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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“Yes, yes, yes--I remember it very well--very queer indeed! Both
of you gone just one year. A very strange coincidence, indeed! Just what
Doctor Dubble L. Dee would denominate an extraordinary concurrence of
events. Doctor Dub-”

KATE. (Interrupting.) “To be sure, papa, it is something strange; but
then Captain Pratt and Captain Smitherton didn’t go altogether the same
route, and that makes a difference, you know.”

UNCLE. “I don’t know any such thing, you huzzy! How should I? I think it
only makes the matter more remarkable, Doctor Dubble L. Dee--”

KATE. “Why, papa, Captain Pratt went round Cape Horn, and Captain
Smitherton doubled the Cape of Good Hope.”

UNCLE. “Precisely!--the one went east and the other went west, you jade,
and they both have gone quite round the world. By the by, Doctor Dubble
L. Dee--”

MYSELF. (Hurriedly.) “Captain Pratt, you must come and spend the evening
with us to-morrow--you and Smitherton--you can tell us all about your
voyage, and we’ll have a game of whist and--”

PRATT. “Wist, my dear fellow--you forget. To-morrow will be Sunday. Some
other evening--”

KATE. “Oh, no, fie!--Robert’s not quite so bad as that. To-day’s
Sunday.”

PRATT. “I beg both your pardons--but I can’t be so much mistaken. I know
to-morrow’s Sunday, because-”

SMITHERTON. (Much surprised.) “What are you all thinking about? Wasn’t
yesterday, Sunday, I should like to know?”

ALL. “Yesterday indeed! you are out!”

UNCLE. “To-day’s Sunday, I say--don’t I know?”

PRATT. “Oh no!--to-morrow’s Sunday.”

SMITHERTON. “You are all mad--every one of you. I am as positive that
yesterday was Sunday as I am that I sit upon this chair.”

KATE. (jumping up eagerly.) “I see it--I see it all. Papa, this is a
judgment upon you, about--about you know what. Let me alone, and I’ll
explain it all in a minute. It’s a very simple thing, indeed. Captain
Smitherton says that yesterday was Sunday: so it was; he is right.
Cousin Bobby, and uncle and I say that to-day is Sunday: so it is; we
are right. Captain Pratt maintains that to-morrow will be Sunday: so it
will; he is right, too. The fact is, we are all right, and thus three
Sundays have come together in a week.”

SMITHERTON. (After a pause.) “By the by, Pratt, Kate has us completely.
What fools we two are! Mr. Rumgudgeon, the matter stands thus: the
earth, you know, is twenty-four thousand miles in circumference.
Now this globe of the earth turns upon its own axis--revolves--spins
round--these twenty-four thousand miles of extent, going from west
to east, in precisely twenty-four hours. Do you understand Mr.
Rumgudgeon?-”

UNCLE. “To be sure--to be sure--Doctor Dub-”

SMITHERTON. (Drowning his voice.) “Well, sir;

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