The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

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J. Miller, 1865 - German wit and humor - 251 pages
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Page 144 - I began to think it was impossible for me to escape with my life ; but recovering a little, I once more looked down upon the earth, when, to my inexpressible joy, I saw Margate at a little distance, and the eagle descending on the old tower whence it had carried me on the morning of the day before. It no sooner came down than I threw myself off, happy to find that I was once more restored to the world. The eagle flew away in a few minutes, and I sat down to compose my fluttering spirits, which I...
Page 107 - Some of the natives of the dog-star are to be seen here ; commerce tempts them to ramble ; their faces are like large mastiffs', with their eyes near the lower end or tip of their noses : they have no eyelids, but cover their eyes with the end of their tongues when they go to sleep ; they are generally twenty feet high. As to the natives of the moon, none of them are less in stature than thirty-six feet: they are not called the human species, but the cooking animals, for they all dress their food...
Page 42 - I had the misfortune to be overpowered by numbers ; to be made prisoner of war ; and what is worse, but always usual among the Turks, to be sold for a slave.
Page 21 - SET off from Rome on a journey to Russia, in the midst of winter, from a just notion that frost and snow must of course mend the roads, which every traveller had described as uncommonly bad through the northern parts of Germany, Poland, Courland, and Livonia. I went on horseback, as the most convenient manner of travelling ; I was but lightly clothed, and of this I felt the inconvenience the more I advanced northeast.
Page 220 - Yes, my lady," replied I, surprised at such a strange association of ideas; " I have been, many years ago, at the Falls of Niagara, and found no more difficulty in swimming up and down the cataracts than I should to move a minuet." At that moment she dropped her nosegay. " Ah," said she, as I presented it to her, " there is no great variety in these polyanthuses. I do assure you, my dear Baron, that there is taste in the selection of flowers as well as everything else, and were I a girl of sixteen...
Page 109 - ... and if by any accident they lose or damage one, they can borrow or purchase another, and see as clearly with it as their own. Dealers in eyes are on that account very numerous in most parts of the Moon, and in this article alone all the inhabitants are whimsical : sometimes green and sometimes yellow eyes are the fashion. I know these things appear strange: but if the shadow of a doubt can remain on any person's mind, I say, let him take a voyage there himself, and then he will know I am a traveller...
Page 164 - Yet my poor bulls trotted on with astonishing labour across the Isthmus of Suez into the Red Sea, and left a track, an obscure channel, which has since been taken by De Tott for the remains of a canal cut by some of the Ptolemies from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean ; but, as you perceive, was in reality no more than the track of my chariot, the car of Queen Mab. As the artists at present in that country are nothing wonderful, though the ancient Egyptians, 'tis said, were most astonishing fellows,...
Page 48 - I felt myself stunned, and in a hole nine fathoms deep at least, made by the weight of my body falling from so great a height. I recovered, but knew not how to get out again: however, I dug slopes or steps with my finger-nails [the Baron's nails were then of forty years' growth], and easily accomplished it.
Page 18 - I heard a violent but unusual noise, different from any sound that had ever before assailed my ears ; nor is it at all to be wondered at, when I inform you from whence it proceeded. After listening for some time, I ventured to raise my head and look round, when, to my unspeakable joy, I perceived the lion had, by the eagerness with which he sprung at me, jumped forward, as I fell, into the crocodile's mouth ! which, as before observed, was wide open.
Page 133 - ... marines that were exercising on the beach: the balls flew about my head, and rattled on the feathers of the eagle like hailstones, yet I could not perceive it had received any injury. It instantly reascended and flew over the sea towards Calais, but so very high that the Channel seemed to be no broader than the Thames at London Bridge. In a quarter of an hour I found myself over a thick wood in France, where the eagle descended very rapidly, which caused me to slip down to the back part of its...

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