Monthly Archives: May 2013

A la Peggotty

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” — David Copperfield [Illustration of Peggotty’s boat/house, from The Personal History, Adventures, Experience … Continue reading

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A curious-looking party

“We were a curious-looking party, but we were feeling happy. We even broke into song, and, but for our Robinson Crusoe appearance, a casual observer might have taken us for a picnic party sailing in a Norwegian fiord or one … Continue reading

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Our sleeping arrangements

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It put me in mind of old times at Home

“I went to the top of the hill & had a lay on the grass & it put me in mind of old times at Home sitting on the hillside looking down at them.” — Harry McNeish

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Busy at the boat

“I am still busy at the boat. While the skipper does the Nimrod & bring home the food Vincent lays down by the fire and smoks some times coming out for more wood while the Boss & Creen looks after … Continue reading

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Our hunger knew no law

“We paid our last visit to the nests of the albatrosses, which were situated on a little undulating plateau above the cave amid tussocks, snow patches, and little frozen tarns. Each nest consisted of a mound over a foot high … Continue reading

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His usual love of leg-pulling

“Shackleton, with his usual love of leg-pulling, said with a twinkle in his eye, ‘We’ll hide this stuff, go in and tell ’em you saved my life from a sea-elephant that tore your blouse off and badly wounded you—to account … Continue reading

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