Toilers of the sea, Volume 1

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Routledge and Sons, 1866
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User Review  - hemlokgang - LibraryThing

Imagine the perfect recipe, the perfect blend of elements. In many respects "The Toilers of the Sea" is that perfect blend. One part epic drama, one part satiric wit, one part ethnographic study of ... Read full review

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User Review  - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing

Not really a novel, more a prose poem with a plot. It's full of descriptive passages and meditations on the sea, the winds, and the people who live in these elements. It also has some wise things to ... Read full review


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Page 29 - But it is just those books which a man possesses, but does not read, which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.
Page 70 - Reverie, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier. — Victor Hugo. Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. — Longfellow.
Page 94 - Strictly speaking, the human visage is a mask. The true man is that which exists under what is called man. If that being, which thus exists sheltered and secreted behind that illusion which we call the flesh, could be approached, more than one strange revelation would be made. The vulgar error is to mistake the outward husk for the living spirit.
Page 102 - In the eyes of these worthy fishermen, once Catholics, now Calvinists, but always bigots, it seemed to be a portion of the infernal regions which had been somehow set afloat. A local preacher selected for his discourse the question of, * Whether man has the right to make fire and water work together when God had divided them.
Page 56 - Solitude either develops the mental powers, or renders men dull and vicious.
Page 67 - A sudden rent in the veil of darkness will make manifest things hitherto unseen, and then close again upon the mysteries within. Such visions have occasionally the power to effect a transfiguration in those whom they visit. They convert a poor cameldriver into a Mahomet ; a peasant girl tending her goats into a Joan of Arc. Solitude generates a certain amount of sublime exaltation. * * * A mysterious lucidity of mind results, which converts the student into a seer, and the poet into a prophet...
Page 68 - Luther holding converse with devils in his garret. at Wittenburgh; Pascal shutting out the view of the infernal regions with the screen of his cabinet ; the African Obi conversing with the white-faced God, Bossum, are each and all the same phenomena, diversely interpreted by the minds in which they manifest themselves, according to their capacity and power. Luther and Pascal were grand, and are grand still.
Page 48 - France. Marcous are found in all parts of France, but particularly in the Orleanais. Every village of Gatinais has its Marcou. It is sufficient for the cure of the sick that the Marcou should breathe upon their wounds, or let them touch his fleur-de-lys. The night of Good Friday is particularly favourable to these ceremonies. Ten years ago there lived at Ormes, in Gatinais, one of these creatures, who was nicknamed the Beau Marcou, and consulted by all the country of Beauce. He was a cooper, named...
Page 96 - There is in this world no function more important than that of charming ? The forest glade would be incomplete without the humming-bird. To shed joy, to radiate happiness, to cast light upon dark days, to be the golden thread of our destiny, the spirit of grace and harmony—is not this to render a service...
Page 66 - There is a time when the unknown reveals itself in a mysterious way to the spirit of man. A sudden rent in the veil of darkness will make manifest things hitherto unseen, and then close again upon the mysteries within. Such visions have occasionally the powor to effect a transfiguration in those whom they visit.

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