The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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to about four
ounces of the meat per day; the whole would thus last us thirteen days.
A brisk shower, with severe thunder and lightning, came on about dusk,
but lasted so short a time that we only succeeded in catching about
half a pint of water. The whole of this, by common consent, was given
to Augustus, who now appeared to be in the last extremity. He drank the
water from the sheet as we caught it (we holding it above him as he lay
so as to let it run into his mouth), for we had now nothing left capable
of holding water, unless we had chosen to empty out our wine from the
carboy, or the stale water from the jug. Either of these expedients
would have been resorted to had the shower lasted.

The sufferer seemed to derive but little benefit from the draught. His
arm was completely black from the wrist to the shoulder, and his feet
were like ice. We expected every moment to see him breathe his last.
He was frightfully emaciated; so much so that, although he weighed a
hundred and twenty-seven pounds upon his leaving Nantucket, he now did
not weigh more than forty or fifty at the farthest. His eyes were sunk
far in his head, being scarcely perceptible, and the skin of his
cheeks hung so loosely as to prevent his masticating any food, or even
swallowing any liquid, without great difficulty.

August 1. A continuance of the same calm weather, with an oppressively
hot sun. Suffered exceedingly from thirst, the water in the jug being
absolutely putrid and swarming with vermin. We contrived, nevertheless,
to swallow a portion of it by mixing it with wine; our thirst, however,
was but little abated. We found more relief by bathing in the sea, but
could not avail ourselves of this expedient except at long intervals,
on account of the continual presence of sharks. We now saw clearly that
Augustus could not be saved; that he was evidently dying. We could do
nothing to relieve his sufferings, which appeared to be great. About
twelve o’clock he expired in strong convulsions, and without having
spoken for several hours. His death filled us with the most gloomy
forebodings, and had so great an effect upon our spirits that we sat
motionless by the corpse during the whole day, and never addressed each
other except in a whisper. It was not until some time after dark that
we took courage to get up and throw the body overboard. It was then
loathsome beyond expression, and so far decayed that,

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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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Poe, lately editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, a monthly magazine, published by Mr.
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Augustus got into her and bailed her, for she was nearly half full of water.
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It was a thousand wonders she did not broach to--Augustus having let go the tiller, as I said before, and I being too much agitated to think of taking it myself.
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The huge ship, I was told, rode immediately over us with as much ease as our own little vessel would have passed over a feather, and without the least perceptible impediment to her progress.
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I have since frequently examined my conduct on this occasion with sentiments of displeasure as well as of surprise.
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What was my astonishment at 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 awaking, I began to suppose that I must have slept for an inordinately long period of time.
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Now, at least, I was in possession of my senses.
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The white slip of paper could barely be discerned, and not even that when I looked at it directly; by turning the exterior portions of the retina towards it, that is to say, by surveying it slightly askance, I found that it became in some measure perceptible.
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The sausages were entirely consumed; of the ham nothing remained but a small piece of the skin; and all the biscuit, except a few fragments of one, had been eaten by Tiger.
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The representations of Peters, who had frequently visited these regions, had great weight, apparently, with the mutineers, wavering as they were between half-engendered notions of profit and pleasure.
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In explanation of some portions of this narrative wherein I have spoken of the stowage of the brig, and which may appear ambiguous to some of my readers who may have seen a proper or regular stowage, I must here state that the manner in which this most important duty had been performed on board the Grampus was a most shameful piece of neglect on the part of Captain Barnard, who was by no means as careful or as experienced a seaman as the hazardous nature of the service on which he was employed would seem necessarily to demand.
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He was saved from this fate, however, by the interference of Peters, who now approached and separated us, asking the cause of the disturbance.
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The land in all of them is very high, especially in Tristan d'Acunha, properly so called.
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On this morning, however, being in latitude 73° 15' E.
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In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer approach of doubtful expediency.
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It was quite evident that they had never before seen any of the white race--from whose complexion, indeed, they appeared to recoil.
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This variation in shade was produced in a manner which excited as profound astonishment in the minds of our party as the mirror had done in the case of Too-wit.
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The following comprehensive notice of the substance is taken from a modern history of a voyage to the South Seas.
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Our next thought was to attempt a rush towards the vessel, to seize one of the four canoes which lay at the head of the bay, and endeavour to force a passage on board.
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_March 8.