Mardi: And a Voyage Thither

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1973 - Fiction - 540 pages
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Herman Melville's Mardi (1849) has stood the test of time as a superb allegorical fantasy, and as the third in a trilogy reflecting on Melville's experiences on the sea. Set on a fictional Pacific island, this adventure, love story, and exploration of the metaphysical sets the stage for later writers in the twentieth century who delve into the psychological. Appearing only two years before Moby Dick, the book may be regarded as the key to Melville's philosophical, religious, political, and social ideas during the most significant and productive period of his career. The incidents and scenes described in Mardi are often tragic in their implications, and the comments are highly critical of nineteenth-century society, but the vivid writing is laced with sparkling humor, spicy adventure, and crackling conversation.
  

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Contents

Chapter Page
27
Foot in Stirrup
29
A Calm
34
A King for a Comrade
36
A Chat in the Clouds
40
Seats Secured and Portmanteaus Packed
42
Eight Bells
45
A Pause
47
Rare Sport at Ohonoo
236
Of King Uhia and His Subjects
238
The God Keevi and the Precipice of Mondo
240
Babbalanja Steps in Between Mohi and Yoomy and Yoomy Relates a Legend
242
Of that Jolly Old Lord Borabolla and That Jolly Island of His Mondoldo and of the Fishponds and the Hereafters of Fish
246
That Jolly Old Lord Borabolla Laughs on Both Sides of His Face
250
Samoa a Surgeon
253
Faith and Knowledge
255

They Push Off Velis et Remis
48
The Watery World Is All before Them
50
They Arrange Their Canopies and Lounges and Try to Make Things Comfortable
52
Jarl Afflicted with the Lockjaw
54
More About Being in an Open Boat
55
Of the Chondropterygii and Other Uncouth Hordes Infesting the South Seas
57
Jarls Misgivings
60
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
63
They Are Becalmed
64
In High Spirits They Push on for the Terra Incognita
66
My Lord Shark and His Pages
67
Who Goes There?
69
Noises and Portents
74
Man Ho
77
What Befell the Brigantine at the Pearl Shell Islands
79
Sailing from the Island They Pillage the Cabin
84
Dedicated to the College of Physicians and Surgeons
86
Peril a PeaceMaker
88
Containing a Penny weight of Philosophy
90
In Which the Past History of the Parki is Concluded
91
Suspicions Laid and Something about the Calmuc
94
What They Lighted Upon in Further Searching the Craft and the Resolution They Came to
98
Hints for a Full Length of Samoa
102
Rovings Alow and Aloft
104
Xiphius Platypterus
106
Otard
109
How They Steered on Their Way
110
Ah Annatoo
114
The Parki Gives Up the Ghost
117
Once More They Take to the Chamois
119
The Sea on Fire
121
They Fall in with Strangers
124
Sire and Sons
128
A Fray
129
Remorse
131
The Tent Entered
133
Away
134
Reminiscences
138
The Chamois with a Roving Commission
139
Yillah Jarl and Samoa
140
Something under the Surface
142
Yillah
145
Yillah in Ardair
147
The Dream Begins to Fade
150
World Ho
151
LIH The Chamois Ashore
154
A Gentleman from the Sun
155
Tiffin in a Temple
157
King Media a Host
160
Taji Takes Counsel with Himself
162
Mardi by Night and Yillah by Day
165
Their Morning Meal
166
Belshazzar on the Bench
168
An Incognito
171
Taji Retires from the World
173
Odo and Its Lord
174
Yillah a Phantom
177
Taji Makes Three Acquaintances
179
With a Fair Wind at Sunrise They Sail
181
Little King Peepi
183
How Teeth Were Regarded in Valapee
186
The Company Discourse and BraidBeard Rehearses a Legend
188
The Minstrel Leads Off with a PaddleSong and a Message Is Received from Abroad
192
They Land upon the Island of Juam
194
A Book from the Chronicles of Mohi
196
Something More of the Prince
200
Advancing Deeper into the Vale They Encounter Donjalolo
201
Time and Temples
203
A Pleasant Place for a Lounge
206
The House of the Afternoon
207
Babbalanja Solus
209
The Center of Many Circumferences
211
Donjalolo in the Bosom of His Family
212
Wherein Babbalanja Relates the Adventure of One Karkeke in the Land of Shades
216
How Donjalolo Sent Agents to the Surrounding Isles with the Result
218
They Visit the Tributary Islets
220
Taji Sits Down to Dinner with FiveandTwenty Kings and a Royal Time They Have
221
After Dinner
228
Of Those Scamps the Plujii
230
NoraBamma
232
In a Calm Hautias Heralds Approach
233
BraidBeard Rehearses the Origin of the Isle of Rogues
234
The Tale of a Traveler
256
Marnee Ora Ora Marnee
257
The Pursuer Himself Is Pursued
261
The Iris
265
They Depart from Mondoldo
266
As They Sail
267
Wherein Babbalanja Broaches a Diabolical Theory and in His Own Person Proves it
269
Maramma
272
They Land
274
They Pass through the Woods
278
Hivohitee MDCCCXLVIII
279
They Visit the Great Morai
281
They Discourse of the Gods of Mardi and BraidBeard Tells of One Foni
286
They Visit the Lake of Yammo
288
They Meet the Pilgrims at the Temples of Oro
290
They Discourse of Alma
292
Mohi Tells of One Ravoo and They Land to Visit Hevaneva a Flourishing Artisan
294
A Nursery Tale of Babbalanjas
298
Landing to Visit Hivohitee the Pontiff They Encounter an Extraordinary Old Hermit with Whom Yoomy Has a Confidential Interview but Learns Lit...
300
Babbalanja Endeavors to Explain the Mystery
304
Taji Receives Tidings and Omens
305
Dreams
306
Media and Babbalanja Discourse
308
They Regale Themselves with Their Pipes
310
They Visit an Extraordinary Old Antiquary
316
They Go Down into the Catacombs
320
Babbalanja Quotes from an Antique Pagan and Earnestly Presses It upon the Company That What He Recites Is Not His but Anothers
324
They Visit a Wealthy Old Pauper
327
Yoomy Sings Some Odd Verses and Babbalanja Quotes from Old Authors Right and Left
328
What Manner of Men the Tapparians Were
333
Their Adventures upon Landing at Pimminee
335
A I and O
338
A Reception Day at Pimminee
340
Babbalanja Falleth upon Pimminee Tooth and Nail
342
Babbalanja Regales the Company with Some Sandwiches
344
They Still Remain upon the Rock
349
Behind and Before
351
Babbalanja Discourses in the Dark
353
My Lord Media Summons Mohi to the Stand
359
Wherein Babbalanja and Yoomy Embrace
362
Of the Isle of Diranda
365
They Visit the Lords Piko and Hello
368
They Attend the Games
370
Taji Still Hunted and Beckoned
373
They Embark from Diranda
374
Wherein Babbalanja Discourses of Himself
376
Of the Sorcerers in the Isle of Minda
381
Chiefly of King Bello
384
Dominora and Vivenza
389
They Land at Dominora
392
Through Dominora They Wander after Yillah
395
They Behold King Bellos State Canoe
397
Wherein Babbalanja Bows Thrice
399
Babbalanja Philosophizes and My Lord Media Passes Round the Calabashes
400
Ill They Sail Round an Island without Landing and Talk Round a Subject without Getting at It
405
They Draw Nigh to Porpheero Where They Behold a Terrific Eruption
410
Wherein King Media Celebrates the Glories of Autumn the Minstrel the Promise of Spring
413
In Which Azzageddi Seems to Use Babbalanja for a Mouthpiece
415
The Charming Yoomy Sings
420
They Draw Nigh unto Land
422
They Visit the Great Central Temple of Vivenza
424
Wherein Babbalanja Comments upon the Speech of Alanno
428
A Scene in the Land of Warwicks or Kingmakers
430
They Hearken unto a Voice from the Gods
431
They Visit the Extreme South of Vivenza
438
They Converse of the Mollusca Kings Toadstools and Other Matters
443
Wherein That Gallant Gentleman and DemiGod King Media Scepter in Hand Throws Himself into the Breach
445
They Round the Stormy Cape of Capes
449
They Encounter Gold Hunters
450
They Seek through the Isles of Palms and Pass the Isles of Myrrh
453
Concentric Inward with Mardis Reef They Leave Their Wake around the World
454
Sailing on
458
A Flight of Nightingales from Yoomys Mouth
459
They Visit One Doxodox
463
King Media Dreams
465
After a Long Interval by Night They Are Becalmed
467
They Land at Hooloomooloo
468
A Book from the Ponderings of Old Bardianna
473
Babbalanja Starts to His Feet
477
At Last the Last Mention is Made of Old Bardianna and His Last Will and Testament Is Recited at Length
480
A Death Cloud Sweeps by Them as They Sail
483
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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born into a once-affluent family and held several jobs while writing both fiction and poetry. Many of his well-known works were based on his experiences on the water, including Typee, and Omoo, the other two works in Melville's South Seas trilogy, and Moby-Dick, his masterpiece. Often misunderstood by his contemporaries, Melville's works have garnered increasing appreciation from the 1920s onward and now enjoy a strong literary following as classic American works.

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