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

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Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1897 - "Fram" Expedition - 729 pages
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Page 348 - 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 563 - 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 250 - ... 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 189 - The broken drift-ice lay packed so close in on the unbroken land-ice that it was impossible to tell where the one ended and the other began.
Page 51 - Arctic exploration is sufficiently credited with rashness and danger in its legitimate and sanctioned methods, without bearing the burden of Dr. Nansen's illogical scheme of self-destruction.
Page 309 - C.), such magnificent tones again vibrate over the strings that we stay until noses and ears are frozen. For a finale, there is a wild display of fireworks in every tint of flame — such a conflagration that one expects every minute to have it down on the ice, because there is not room for it in the sky. But I can hold out no longer. Thinly dressed, without a proper cap and without gloves, I have no feeling left in body or limbs, and I crawl away below.
Page 194 - We had at present a better opportunity of studying it than we desired. It occurs where a surface layer of fresh water rests upon the salt water of the sea, and this fresh water is carried along with the ship, gliding on the heavier sea beneath as if on a fixed foundation. The difference between the two strata was in this case so great that, while we had drinking-water on the surface, the water we got from the bottom cock of the engineroom was far too salt to be used for the boiler.
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 342 - Oh, how tired I am of thy cold beauty! I long to return to life. Let me get 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 310 - He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper ; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.

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