John Marr, toward the close of the last century born in America of a mother unknown, and from boyhood up to maturity a sailor under divers flags, disabled at last from further maritime life by a crippling wound received at close quarters with pirates of the Keys, eventually betakes himself for a livelihood to less active employment ashore.
In the year 1799, Captain Amasa Delano, of Duxbury, in Massachusets, commanding a large sealer and general trader, lay at anchor with valuable cargo, in the harbor of St Maria – a small, desert, un inhabited island toward the southern extremity of the long coast of Chili.
In the south of Europe, nigh a once frescoed capital, now with dank mould cankering its bloom, central in a plain, stands what, at distance, seems the black mossed stump of some immeasurable pine, fallen, in forgotten days, with Anak and the Titan.
Take five-and-twenty heaps of cinders dumped here and there in an outside city lot; imagine some of them magnified into mountains, and the vacant lot the sea; and you will have a fit idea of the general aspect of the Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles.
Herman MELVILLE, The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, 1854.
In all parts of the world many high-spirited revolts from rascally despotisms had of late been knocked on the head; many dreadful casualties, by locomotive and steamer, had likewise knocked hundreds of high-spirited travellers on the head (I lost a dear friend in one of them); my own private affairs were also full of despotisms, casualties, and knockings on the head, when early one morning in spring, being too full of hypos to sleep, I sallied out to walk on my hill-side pasture.
Herman MELVILLE, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! or The Crowing of the Noble Cock Beneventano, 1853.
Sous CITATIONS / QUOTES, on trouvera extraits relevés l'ors de lectures : les bouts aimés, intéressants, simplement jolis, ou, par contraste, jugés particulièrement affligeants.
Me trottait en tête, depuis long, l'idée d'une série d' INCIPITS — ces premiers mots et porte d'entrée des textes. À n'y regarder que ces successions de premières phrases de romans, essais, nouvelles et poèmes, l'intro-duction et l'amenée prennent une autre portée ; l'art et l'industrie qui s'y déploient révèlent par fois subtil savoir-faire, trahissent par d'autres mésoin flagrant, et toutes fois montrent autant de manières de.