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Argument

“To detail the whole of what I said to Cheetham would merely bore the reader; suffice to say that the conversation turned upon whether we would reach England by May of this year, and I expressed my opinion that that … Continue reading

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Eothen

“The first night of your first campaign (though you be but a mere peaceful campaigner) is a glorious time in your life. It is so sweet to find one’s self free from the stale civilisation of Europe! Oh my dear … Continue reading

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Wonderful, amazing, splendid

“Wonderful, amazing, splendid. “Lat. 65°43′ South—73 miles North drift. The most cheerful good fortune for a year for us: We cannot be much more than 170 miles from Paulet. Everyone greeted the news with cheers. The wind still continues. We … Continue reading

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The going was so bad

“The going was so bad that they could not pull my weight, and I had to get off and flounder along beside the sledges. The dogs too kept falling back, and as soon as one dog collapsed or let his … Continue reading

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Death was instantaneous

“Owing to this shortage of food and the fact that we needed all that we could get for ourselves, I had to order all the dogs except two teams to be shot. It was the worst job that we had … Continue reading

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Skua Gull

“A skua gull appeared. He settled down on our refuse pit—entrails of seals, etc—and gorged himself to his hearts content—lucky gull.” — Alexander Macklin [image: Skua Gull by John Gould, 1840]

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Sea Leopard

“A man on foot in soft, deep snow and unarmed would not have a chance against such an animal as they almost bound along with a rearing, undulating motion at least five miles an hour. They attack without provocation, looking … Continue reading

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