The Natural Man: A Romance of the Golden Age

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Benedict Prieth, 1902 - American fiction - 140 pages
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Page 103 - And pretty nigh all o' the crew was drowned (There was seventy-seven o' soul), And only ten of the Nancy's men Said 'Here!' to the muster-roll. "There was me and the cook and the captain bold, And the mate of the Nancy brig, And the bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite, And the crew of the captain's gig. "For a month we'd neither wittles nor drink, Till a-hungry we did feel, So we drawed a lot, and accordin' shot The captain for our meal.
Page 92 - ... locomotion. It is to be regretted that this prophecy did not extend to the female of our day. Are civilized customs and forms of dress more conducive to health than those of the savages? It is thought not. Whitman, in answering his own question as to who is the friendly and flowing savage, says : " Is he waiting for civilization, or is he past it and mastering it...
Page 83 - Saturn of an older dynasty on stepping over the sill; a cavernous house, wherein you must reach up a torch upon a pole to see the roof...
Page 5 - If you would live at your ease," says Democritus, "manage but a few things." I think it had been better if he had said, " Do nothing but what is necessary ; and what becomes the reason of a social being, and in the order too it prescribes it.
Page 5 - For by this rule a man has the double pleasure of making his actions good and few into the bargain. For the greater part of what we say and do, being unnecessary, if this were but once retrenched, we should have both more leisure and less disturbance. And therefore before a man sets forward he should ask himself this question, "Am I not upon the verge of something unnecessary ?" Farther, we should apply this hint to what we think, as well as to what we do.
Page 66 - ambitions.' Clothes like other people, houses like other people, food like other people, business like other people, opinions like other people, customs, manners, religion, politics all like other people. That's the way the race runs, 5?
Page 63 - Thoreau bought shoes, I make my own moccasins or sandals and wear those only on rough journeys or in winter. He bought clothes. I make mine of leather or corduroy, for I can tan as well as an Indian, and can cut and sew as well as any tailor, y in summer, as you see, the labor in that line is not much.
Page 87 - I repeat, charms are abstractly equal but race history &? individual constitution justify our preferences — the city charms, artificiality has joys, luxury delights, vice and crime and all evil have attending pleasures — yet man was wilderness-born and wilderness-reared. The few generations of artificiality have not aborted the instincts inherited through long ages of nature.
Page 93 - But j neither did I believe. But gradually a strange feeling of kinship between myself and nature grew in me. I gave myself up more and more to these strange invisible currents of life, as the sea obeys the moon and the sap the seasons.
Page 64 - The bow strings are of sinew. I sleep in skins. You see how simple my agriculture is; my grapes and berries grow wild, my apples need little care, my garden is but small and the work in it a delight.

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