White jacket; or, The world in a man-of-war, Volume 1

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Harper & Brothers, 1850 - 465 pages

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Melville’s autobiographical account of life on a man-of-war in the United States Navy in the 1840’s was an immediate success, and opened people’s eyes to the horrors of flogging, helping to get the ... Read full review

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For “Moby Dick” fans and foes alike, “White Jacket” marks quite a departure —stylistically — from the dense, symbolic tale of Capt. Ahab and co. “White Jacket” is a loosely fictionalized account of ... Read full review


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Page 316 - If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle: I remember The first time ever Caesar put it on; 'Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent; That day he overcame the Nervii : — Look ! In this place ran Cassius...
Page 223 - And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned...
Page 225 - April, 1800, it is provided that "all crimes committed by persons belonging to the navy which are not specified in the foregoing articles shall be punished according to the laws and customs in such cases at sea.
Page 101 - Hearts of oak are our ships, Jolly Tars are our men, We always are ready : Steady, boys, steady : We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.
Page 238 - Escaped from the house of bondage, Israel of old did not follow after the ways of the Egyptians. To her was given an express dispensation ; to her were given new things under the sun. And we Americans are the peculiar, chosen people — the Israel of our time ; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world.
Page 210 - The same evening these four found themselves prisoners in the "brig," with a sentry standing over them. They were charged with violating a wellknown law of the ship — having been engaged in one of those tangled, general fights sometimes occurring among sailors. They had nothing to anticipate but a flogging, at the Captain's pleasure. Toward evening of the next day, they were startled by the dread summons of the boatswain and his mates at the principal hatchway — a summons that ever sends a shudder...
Page 117 - The Navy is the asylum for the perverse, the home of the unfortunate. Here the sons of adversity meet the children of calamity, and here the children of calamity meet the offspring of sin.
Page 239 - Long enough have we been skeptics with regard to ourselves, and doubted whether, indeed the political Messiah had come. But he has come in us, if we would but give utterance to his promptings.
Page 239 - Americans are the peculiar, chosen people - the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world. Seventy years ago we escaped from thrall; and, besides our first birth-right - embracing one continent of earth - God has given to us, for a future inheritance, the broad domains of the political pagans, that shall yet come and lie down under the shade of our ark, without bloody hands being lifted.

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