Among many other fine qualities, my royal friend Tranquo, being gifted with a devout love for all matters of barbaric vertu, had brought together in Pupella whatever rare things the more ingenious of his people could invent.
A curious sight these bashful bears whalemen. So that overawed by the rumors and portents concerning him, not a few of the fishermen recalled, in reference to Moby Dick, the earlier days of the Sperm Whale fishery.
The cabin entrance was locked within the hatches were all on, and lumbered with coils of rigging. Going forward to the forecastle, we found the slide of the scuttle open. Seeing a light, we went down, and found only an old rigger there, wrapped in a tattered pea-jacket.
The wood was green as mosses of the Icy Glen the trees stood high and haughty, feeling their living sap the industrious earth beneath was as a weaver's loom with a gorgeous carpet on it, whereof the ground-vine tendrils formed the warp.
Afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and be spent in that way. And the man that has anything bountifully laughable about him, be sure there is more in that man than you perhaps think for.
These reflections just here are occasioned by the circumstance that after we were all seated at the table, and I was preparing to hear some good stories about whaling; to my no small surprise, nearly every man maintained a profound silence.
These bashful bears, these timid warrior whalemen, in the negro heart of Africa, which was the sum of poor Mungo's performances this kind of travel, I may not be the very best mode of attaining a high social polish.