The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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barnacles, which proved
to be excellent and highly nutritious food. Thus, in two important
respects, the accident we had so greatly dreaded proved to be a benefit
rather than an injury; it had opened to us a supply of provisions which
we could not have exhausted, using it moderately, in a month; and it had
greatly contributed to our comfort as regards position, we being much
more at ease, and in infinitely less danger, than before.

The difficulty, however, of now obtaining water blinded us to all the
benefits of the change in our condition. That we might be ready to avail
ourselves, as far as possible, of any shower which might fall we took
off our shirts, to make use of them as we had of the sheets--not hoping,
of course, to get more in this way, even under the most favorable
circumstances, than half a gill at a time. No signs of a cloud appeared
during the day, and the agonies of our thirst were nearly intolerable.
At night, Peters obtained about an hour’s disturbed sleep, but my
intense sufferings would not permit me to close my eyes for a single

August 5. To-day, a gentle breeze springing up carried us through a vast
quantity of seaweed, among which we were so fortunate as to find eleven
small crabs, which afforded us several delicious meals. Their shells
being quite soft, we ate them entire, and found that they irritated our
thirst far less than the barnacles. Seeing no trace of sharks among the
seaweed, we also ventured to bathe, and remained in the water for four
or five hours, during which we experienced a very sensible diminution
of our thirst. Were greatly refreshed, and spent the night somewhat more
comfortably than before, both of us snatching a little sleep.

August 6. This day we were blessed by a brisk and continual rain,
lasting from about noon until after dark. Bitterly did we now regret the
loss of our jug and carboy; for, in spite of the little means we had of
catching the water, we might have filled one, if not both of them. As
it was, we contrived to satisfy the cravings of thirst by suffering
the shirts to become saturated, and then wringing them so as to let the
grateful fluid trickle into our mouths. In this occupation we passed the
entire day.

August 7. Just at daybreak we both at the same instant descried a
sail to the eastward, and _evidently coming towards us!_ We hailed the
glorious sight with a long, although feeble shout of rapture; and began
instantly to

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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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In that portion of the closet nearest the bulkheads there was a space of four feet square, containing a table, a chair, and a set of hanging shelves full of books, chiefly books of voyages and travels.
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high, and full six long, but very narrow.
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I then forced the penblade of my knife through them, until I met with some hard obstacle.
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During the first portion of my imprisonment I had made free use of the cordials with which Augustus had supplied me, but they only served to excite fever, without in the least degree assuaging my thirst.
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It was not _until the fourth day_ that he found one.
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I objected to this, because I could not believe that the mate (who was a cunning fellow in all matters which did not affect his superstitious prejudices) would suffer himself to be so easily entrapped.
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Vessels in a gale of wind are laid to in different manners, according to their peculiar construction.
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I was also in great pain from another rope which went about my waist, and had been drawn to an insufferable degree of tightness.
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, but the weather was not at all cold.
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Our affairs now looked gloomy indeed, and neither Augustus nor myself could refrain from bursting into tears, as we thought of the host of difficulties which encompassed us, and the slight probability which existed of our finally making an escape.
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He proposed, in a few words, that one of us should die to preserve the existence of the others.
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It was upon the point of making its escape from Peters's grasp, and slipping back into the water, when Augustus, throwing a rope with a slip-knot around its throat, held it up in this manner until I jumped into the hole by the side of Peters, and assisted him in lifting it out.
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; so that, when found, we had drifted probably, from north to south, _not less than five-and-twenty degrees_.
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In many instances I have relied altogether upon memory.
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Those cured by the sun are worth the most; but where one picul (133-1/3 lbs.
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The whole country around us seemed to be swarming with savages, crowds of whom, we now perceived, had come over from the islands to the southward on flat rafts, doubtless.
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In our immediate vicinity especially, and blockading the sole path by which we could hope to attain the shore in the proper point, were stationed the whole party of the black skin warriors, with Too-wit at their head, and apparently only waiting for some re-enforcement to commence his onset upon the Jane.
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Perhaps a thousand perished by the explosion, while at least an equal number were desperately mangled.
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The extreme.
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The delineation is before the reader, and he may, or may not, perceive the resemblance suggested; but the rest of the indentures afford strong confirmation of Peters's idea.