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In the South Seas

By Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Title: In the South Seas  
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Stevenson, R. L. (n.d.). In the South Seas. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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For nearly ten years my health had been declining; and for some while before I set forth upon my voyage, I believed I was come to the afterpiece of life, and had only the nurse and undertaker to expect. It was suggested that I should try the South Seas; and I was not unwilling to visit like a ghost, and be carried like a bale, among scenes that had attracted me in youth and health. I chartered accordingly Dr. Merrit's schooner yacht, the Casco, seventy-four tons register; sailed from San Francisco towards the end of June 1888, visited the eastern islands, and was left early the next year at Honolulu. Hence, lacking courage to return to my old life of the house and sick-room, I set forth to leeward in a trading schooner, the Equator, of a little over seventy tons, spent four months among the atolls (low coral islands) of the Gilbert group, and reached Samoa towards the close of '89. By that time gratitude and habit were beginning to attach me to the islands; I had gained a competency of strength; I had made friends; I had learned new interests; the time of my voyages had passed like days in fairyland; and I decided to remain. I began to prepare these pages at sea, on a third cruise, in the trading steamer Janet Nicoll. If more days are granted me, they shall be passed where I have found life most pleasant and man most interesting; the axes of my black boys are already clearing the foundations of my future house; and I must learn to address readers from the uttermost parts of the sea.

Table of Contents
· PART 1: THE MARQUESAS · CHAPTER I—AN ISLAND LANDFALL · CHAPTER II—MAKING FRIENDS · CHAPTER III—THE MAROON · CHAPTER IV—DEATH · CHAPTER V—DEPOPULATION · CHAPTER VI—CHIEFS AND TAPUS · CHAPTER VII—HATIHEU · CHAPTER VIII—THE PORT OF ENTRY · CHAPTER IX—THE HOUSE OF TEMOANA · CHAPTER X—A PORTRAIT AND A STORY · CHAPTER XI—LONG-PIG—A CANNIBAL HIGH PLACE · CHAPTER XII—THE STORY OF A PLANTATION · CHAPTER XIII—CHARACTERS · CHAPTER XIV—IN A CANNIBAL VALLEY · CHAPTER XV—THE TWO CHIEFS OF ATUONA · PART II: THE PAUMOTUS · CHAPTER I—THE DANGEROUS ARCHIPELAGO—ATOLLS AT A DISTANCE · CHAPTER II—FAKARAVA: AN ATOLL AT HAND · CHAPTER III—A HOUSE TO LET IN A LOW ISLAND · CHAPTER IV—TRAITS AND SECTS IN THE PAUMOTUS · CHAPTER V—A PAUMOTUAN FUNERAL


 

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