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Redburn, His First Voyage

By Melville, Herman

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Title: Redburn, His First Voyage  
Author: Melville, Herman
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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And, Wellingborough, he added, since we are both short of money, and you want an outfit, and I Have none to give, you may as well take my fowling-piece along, and sell it in New York for what you can get. Nay, take it; it's of no use to me now; I can't find it in powder any more. I was then but a boy. Some time previous my mother had removed from New York to a pleasant village on the Hudson River, where we lived in a small house, in a quiet way. Sad disappointments in several plans which I had sketched for my future life; the necessity of doing something for myself, united to a naturally roving disposition, had now conspired within me, to send me to sea as a sailor. For months previous I had been poring over old New York papers, delightedly perusing the long columns of ship advertisements, all of which possessed a strange, romantic charm to me. Over and over again I devoured such announcements as the following...

Table of Contents
· I. HOW WELLINGBOROUGH REDBURN'S TASTE FOR THE SEA WAS BORN AND BRED IN HIM · II. REDBURN'S DEPARTURE FROM HOME · III. HE ARRIVES IN TOWN · IV. HOW HE DISPOSED OF HIS FOWLING-PIECE · V. HE PURCHASES HIS SEA-WARDROBE, AND ON A DISMAL RAINY DAY PICKS UP HIS BOARD AND LODGING ALONG THE WHARVES · VI. HE IS INITIATED IN THE BUSINESS OF CLEANING OUT THE PIG-PEN, AND SLUSHING DOWN THE TOP-MAST · VII. HE GETS TO SEA AND FEELS VERY BAD · VIII. HE IS PUT INTO THE LARBOARD WATCH; GETS SEA-SICK; AND RELATES SOME OTHER OF HIS EXPERIENCES · IX. THE SAILORS BECOMING A LITTLE SOCIAL, REDBURN CONVERSES WITH THEM · X. HE IS VERY MUCH FRIGHTENED; THE SAILORS ABUSE HIM; AND HE BECOMES MISERABLE AND FORLORN · XI. HE HELPS WASH THE DECKS, AND THEN GOES TO BREAKFAST · XII. HE GIVES SOME ACCOUNT OF ONE OF HIS SHIPMATES CALLED JACKSON · XII. HE HAS A FINE DAY AT SEA, BEGINS TO LIKE IT; BUT CHANGES HIS MIND · XIV. HE CONTEMPLATES MAKING A SOCIAL CALL ON THE CAPTAIN IN HIS CABIN · XV. THE MELANCHOLY STATE OF HIS WARDROBE · XVI. AT DEAD OF NIGHT HE IS SENT UP TO LOOSE THE MAIN-SKYSAIL · XVII. THE COOK AND STEWARD · XVIII. HE ENDEAVORS TO IMPROVE HIS MIND; AND TELLS OF ONE BLUNT AND HIS DREAM BOOK · XIX. A NARROW ESCAPE · XX. IN A FOG HE IS SET TO WORK AS A BELL-TOLLER, AND BEHOLDS A HERD OF OCEAN-ELEPHANTS · XXI. A WHALEMAN AND A MAN-OF-WAR'S-MAN · XXII. THE HIGHLANDER PASSES A WRECK · XXIII. AN UNACCOUNTABLE CABIN-PASSENGER, AND A MYSTERIOUS YOUNG LADY · XXIV. HE BEGINS TO HOP ABOUT IN THE RIGGING LIKE A SAINT JAGO's MONKEY · XXV. QUARTER-DECK FURNITURE · XXVI. A SAILOR A JACK OF ALL TRADES · XXVII. HE GETS A PEEP AT IRELAND, AND AT LAST ARRIVES AT LIVERPOOL · XXVIII. HE GOES TO SUPPER AT THE SIGN OF THE BALTIMORE CLIPPER · XXIX. REDBURN DEFERENTIALLY DISCOURSES CONCERNING THE PROSPECTS OF SAILORS · XXX. REDBURN GROWS INTOLERABLY FLAT AND STUPID OVER SOME OUTLANDISH OLD GUIDE-BOOKS

 

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