In Stevenson's Samoa

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Smith, Elder, & Company, 1895 - Počet stran: 190

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Strana 190 - REQUIEM UNDER the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be ; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
Strana 29 - Ropes of many coloured, sweet-smelling flowers were twisted round our necks and waists, and wreaths placed on our heads. Everyone was decked out in like manner — our host wearing his wreath of white jessamine with grace and distinction as if to the manner born. When all was ready there was some debate in the household as to the correct procedure, according to native courtesy, for the guests to go into the feast spread in a large native house which had just been completed. At last the intricacies...
Strana 26 - As day dawned and the light crept over mountain and forest, the veha, a little rail with mottled black and brown plumage, would emerge from the bushes and warily creep across the grass, picking up insects here and there, but on the slightest alarm would stand motionless or squat close to the ground — always near a brown leaf or a stone, and was then as invisible as our own ptarmigan under similar conditions. Then as the sun flashed his first beams on dew-laden tree and flower, the clear, liquid...
Strana 30 - ... which Vailima takes its name. Scattered about everywhere were clusters of scarlet and cream-coloured hibiscus blossom, yellow allamanda, and fragrant sweet-scented ginger ; the posts of the house even being decorated with hibiscus and frangipani with an art of which the Samoan is master. After having enjoyed the prawns, and, in the absence of serviettes, were wondering what was to happen next, we were quite reassured by the appearance of the boys, who knelt with a basin of water and napkin beside...
Strana 31 - ... how to do it, and they spared no pains in instructing them. It was our first acquaintance with the versatile taro. There was taro-root baked like potatoes, taro-root minced and beaten up with cocoa-nut milk, and palousame, a great delicacy, made from the taro leaves and cocoa-nut cream. Then a mysterious dish, or rather leaf, was handed round which the Europeans treated coldly, but which was received with marked distinction by the natives. It was a sad-coloured filmy mass, and was considered...
Strana 26 - Moso,' joined in with mellow voice. Among the forest trees many species of doves flitted from branch to branch, their beautiful plumage — green, pink, white, purple, and grey — showing clearly against the sombre foliage.

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