The M―sky family were still on the downward path at the
As my readers are now acquainted with the varied bill of fare in such a ship, I will say a few words of the table-linen. This consisted only of an old sailcloth, which was spread over the table, and looked so dirty and greasy that I thought it would be much better and more agreeable to leave the table uncovered. But I soon repented the unwise thought, and discovered how important this cloth was. One morning I saw our valet treating a piece of sailcloth quite outrageously: he had spread it upon the deck, stood upon it, and brushed it clean with the ship's broom. I recognised our tablecloth by the many spots of dirt and grease, and in the evening found the table bare. But what was the consequence? Scarcely had the tea-pot been placed on the table than it began to slip off; had not the watchful captain quickly caught it, it would have fallen to the ground and bathed our feet with its contents. Nothing could stand on the polished table, and I sincerely pitied the captain that he had not another tablecloth.
My readers will imagine that what I have described would have been quite sufficient to make my stay in the vessel any thing but agreeable; but I discovered another circumstance, which even made it alarming. This was nothing less than that our little vessel was constantly letting in a considerable quantity of water, which had to be pumped out every few hours. The captain tried to allay my uneasiness by asserting that every ship admitted water, and ours only leaked a little more because it was so old. I was obliged to be content with his explanation, as it was now too late to think of a change. Fortunately we did not meet with any storms, and therefore incurred less danger.
Our journey lasted twenty days, during twelve of which we saw no land; the wind drove us too far east to see the Feroe or the Shetland Isles. I should have cared less for this, had I seen some of the monsters of the deep instead, but we met with scarcely any of these amiable animals. I saw the ray of water which a whale emitted from his nostrils, and which exactly resembled a fountain; the animal itself was unfortunately too far from our ship for us to see its body. A shark came a little nearer; it swam round our vessel for a few moments, so that I could easily look at him: it must have been from sixteen to eighteen feet long.
The so-called flying-fish afforded a pretty sight. The sea was as calm as a mirror, the evening mild and moonlight; and so we remained on deck till late, watching the gambols of these animals. As far as we could see, the water was covered with them. We could recognise the younger fishes by their higher springs; they seemed to be three to four feet long, and rose five to six feet above the surface of the sea. Their leaping looked like an attempt at flying, but their gills did not do them good service in the trial, and they fell back immediately. The old fish did not seem to have the same elasticity; they only described a small arch like the dolphins, and only rose so far above the water that we could see the middle part of their body.
These fish are not caught; they have little oil, and an unpleasant taste.
On the thirteenth day we again saw land. We had entered the Skagerrak, and saw the peninsula of Jutland, with the town of Skaggen. The peninsula looks very dreary from this side; it is flat and covered with sand.
On the sixteenth day we entered the Cattegat. For some time past we had always either been becalmed or had had contrary winds, and had been tossed about in the Skagerrak, the Cattegat, and the Sound for nearly a week. On some days we scarcely made fifteen to twenty leagues a day. On such calm days I passed the time with fishing; but the fish were wise enough not to bite my hook. I was daily anticipating a dinner of mackerel, but caught only one.
The multitude of vessels sailing into the Cattegat afforded me more amusement; I counted above seventy. The nearer we approached the entrance of the Sound, the more imposing was the sight, and the more closely were the vessels crowded together. Fortunately we were favoured by a bright moonlight; in a dark or stormy night we should not with the greatest precaution and skill have been able to avoid a collision.
- In the morning I asked a young Indian, who was wet to the
- the foreigner, but that for him there could be no penetrating
- into the grounds, it was plain that he would be disappointed
- intimacy almost, they were constantly watchful, alert to
- he often spent much time with the white foreman of the
- they waited for him to frame the next one. It became a
- his views, but he soon concluded that this was not the
- titillation of agreeable unrest, would quicken his blood,
- could trust. To them he explained his plans and the rich
- Elliott that these girls were not children, that they were
- were they, what were the thoughts, the ambitions, the desires
- containing many words and idioms entirely different from
- the sailors bought with a stick of tobacco, of the value
- him little information. They did not know these people,
- Here, give your trunk keys to Martin. He will see your
- the cable went. I know most of us feel a bit suspicious,
- which swirled fully three feet of water, which, slowly
- of dazzling, mysterious femininity where your partner of
- a gentlewoman, startled Kent. Plainly this was no servant.
- talk of newcomers about their being followed by detectives
- tables, and lifting Helen Cumberly, carried her half-way
- bowl and withdrawing it suddenly so that the water was
- masks, rich, gorgeous silks waving and sweeping in rhythmic
- movement; and the young generation which wants to create
- church bell by guess. The arrival of our boats was a rare
- the Suzuki sisters and Kent. They made up programs, but
- By the way, I heard that you were going to dinner at the
- They went over to a corner where the tyrant had a place
- steps were ahead of him, and then a long brick tunnel in
- worn. There were many Europeans and Americans, nearly all
- of years old, substantially unchanged, absorbed in the
- could know. All the usual minute signs, the hints conveyed
- And thus matters stood when, one hot night, Meriem, unable
- in numberless useless ways. They dovetail and overlap and
- below are a geisha quarter, as you might know by the immaculate
- to a few more officials, all pleasant, extremely urbane,
- in which they are here mentioned, expressing their respective
- they are willing enough to act as kind of free couriers.
- thoughts go, I come nearer the idea that there is something,
- to-night is not Japan now, it is certain to become more
- Korak fast was becoming but a memory. That he was dead
- passed quarantine. A launch came up smartly to the ship's
- Soup was brought in lacquered, covered bowls, and a cloud
- the sense of an oppression of sadness, vaguely permeating
- could trust. To them he explained his plans and the rich
- have a marriage by arrangement, through a nakodo; but Tsuyuko
- was in its intrinsic essence the glamor of the East, the
- of attention, enjoyed the exhilaration of flashing jeu
- said that his boys were resting and gaining strength after
- What a mistake. That is a go-fujin, a lady of good, oh,