The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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with other points of his singular character. But whether or not
he had any better grounds for suspecting the mate than we had ourselves,
we were easily led to fall in with his suspicion, and determined to act
accordingly.

Rogers had died about eleven in the forenoon, in violent convulsions;
and the corpse presented in a few minutes after death one of the most
horrid and loathsome spectacles I ever remember to have seen. The
stomach was swollen immensely, like that of a man who has been drowned
and lain under water for many weeks. The hands were in the same
condition, while the face was shrunken, shrivelled, and of a chalky
whiteness, except where relieved by two or three glaring red blotches
like those occasioned by the erysipelas: one of these blotches extended
diagonally across the face, completely covering up an eye as if with
a band of red velvet. In this disgusting condition the body had been
brought up from the cabin at noon to be thrown overboard, when the mate
getting a glimpse of it (for he now saw it for the first time), and
being either touched with remorse for his crime or struck with terror at
so horrible a sight, ordered the men to sew the body up in its
hammock, and allow it the usual rites of sea-burial. Having given these
directions, he went below, as if to avoid any further sight of his
victim. While preparations were making to obey his orders, the gale came
on with great fury, and the design was abandoned for the present. The
corpse, left to itself, was washed into the larboard scuppers, where
it still lay at the time of which I speak, floundering about with the
furious lurches of the brig.

Having arranged our plan, we set about putting it in execution as
speedily as possible. Peters went upon deck, and, as he had anticipated,
was immediately accosted by Allen, who appeared to be stationed more as
a watch upon the forecastle than for any other purpose. The fate of
this villain, however, was speedily and silently decided; for Peters,
approaching him in a careless manner, as if about to address him, seized
him by the throat, and, before he could utter a single cry, tossed
him over the bulwarks. He then called to us, and we came up. Our first
precaution was to look about for something with which to arm ourselves,
and in doing this we had to proceed with great care, for it was
impossible to stand on deck an instant without holding fast, and
violent seas broke over

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I found that something had gone wrong, and became seriously alarmed.
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A mattress from one of the cabin berths covered the whole of its bottom, and it contained almost every article of mere comfort which could be crowded into so small a space, allowing me, at the same time, sufficient room for my accommodation, either in a sitting position or lying at full length.
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upon my bosom--his hot breath was in my ear--and his white and ghastly fangs were gleaming upon me through the gloom.
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The former I found after some little trouble; but, not discovering the tapers as soon as I had expected (for I remembered very nearly the spot in which I had placed them), I gave up the search for the present, and bidding Tiger lie quiet, began at once my journey toward the trap.
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For the last fourteen or fifteen hours I had none--nor had I slept during that time.
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I could not endure the thought of killing him, yet it seemed absolutely necessary for my own safety.
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One of the men spoke of Peters, when the mate replied to him in a low voice which could not be distinguished, and afterward added more loudly, that “he could not understand his being so much forward with the captain’s brat in the forecastle, and he thought the sooner both of them were overboard the better.
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Perhaps a thousand perished by the explosion, while at least an equal number were desperately mangled.
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point, and her fate, in many respects, so remarkably similar to our own, that I cannot forbear alluding to it here.
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Huge stones and beams falling momently from the decaying roofs above them, gave evidence, by their sullen and heavy descent, of the vast height of the surrounding houses; and while actual exertion became necessary to force a passage through frequent heaps of rubbish, it was by no means seldom that the hand fell upon a skeleton or rested upon a more fleshly corpse.
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) “Captain Pratt, on the contrary, when he had sailed a thousand miles west of this position, was an hour, and when he had sailed twenty-four thousand miles west, was twenty-four hours, or one day, behind the time at London.