Farthest North: Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram" 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Month's Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen, Volume 1

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Harper, 1898 - "Fram" Expedition
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Page 352 - I feel that we are fighting the battle of life at disadvantage, and that an Arctic night and an Arctic day age a man more rapidly and harshly than a year anywhere else in all this weary world.
Page 252 - ... Arctic night. It is dreamland, painted in the imagination's most delicate tints ; it is color etherealized. One shade melts into the other, so that you cannot tell where one ends and the other begins, and yet they are all there.
Page 191 - Indeed, the use of tractors and farm machines was so interwoven with this relatively new farm technology that it was impossible to tell where the one ended and the other began.
Page 346 - Oh, how tired I am of thy cold beauty! I long to return to life. Let me go home again, as conqueror or as beggar; what does that matter? But let me get home to begin life anew. The years are passing here, and what do they bring? Nothing but dust, dry dust, which the first wind blows away; new dust comes in its place, and the next wind takes it too. Truth? Why should we always make so much of truth? Life is more than cold truth, and we live but once.
Page 391 - ... drifted farther south than we thought. So it was with pleasure I soon discovered that it could not be the sun itself. The mirage was at first a flattened-out glowing red streak of fire on the horizon; later there were two streaks, the one above the other, with a dark space between; and from the maintop I could see four, or even five, such horizontal lines directly over one another, and all of equal length, as if one could only imagine a square dull red sun with horizontal dark streaks across...
Page 49 - It is doubtful if any hydrographer would treat seriously his theory of polar currents, or if any Arctic traveller would indorse the whole scheme.
Page 569 - English work, has had an enormous sale in this country. Nansen explains that it was not duty that impelled him: "Oh, no! I was simply a child yearning for a great adventure out in the unknown, who had dreamed of it so long that at last I believed it really awaited me; and it has, indeed, fallen to my lot, the great adventure of the ice.
Page 314 - He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper ; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
Page 313 - Later in the evening Hansen came down to give notice of what really was a remarkable appearance of aurora borealis. The deck was brightly illuminated by it, and reflections of its light played all over the ice. The whole sky was ablaze with it, but it was brightest in the south; high up in that direction glowed waving masses of fire. Later still Hansen came again to say that now it was quite extraordinary. No words can depict the glory that met our eyes, The glowing...
Page 81 - Pram's little petroleum launch pitilessly awaited me. Behind me lay all I held dear in life. And what before me? How many years would pass ere I should see it all again? What would I not have given at that moment to be able to turn back; but up at the window Liv was sitting clapping her hands.