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An Island Cabin

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter III f NO one more ignorant of boats and the water, than I, ever went to live by the sea. I had sailed in many sorts of boats when I had nothing to do but move about as I was told. I knew that there were schooners and barges, and steamboats, and sloops and catboats and punts, and launches, and dories afloat. I could distinguish between a steamer, a sailboat and a row-boat. Beyond this my knowledge was not accurate. I knew that a small boat with one mast and one mainsail was not a schooner or a barge. If I saw a trim-shaped craft, newly painted, with clean ropes, white sails, easy chairs upon its deck, its crew in clean jumpers, its officers in blue uniforms with gold buttons and braid, its passengers in white duck, I ventured to speak of it as a yacht. After my arrival on the island, I felt a keener interest in such things. I must have a boat of my own, and I did not know what kind to get. I followed every sail that passed with a speculative eye. What kind of a thing was it? How much did it cost? Could I afford it? It is often hard for me to choose between a calico and a silk. I have seen expensive orchids that delighted me as much as does a sprig of sorrel grass. r I have two bowls for my bread and milk. One is of delft, ornamented with roundlimbed cherubs, young rabbits and listening fawns. It cost quite a sum. I have forgotten how much, for it was bought three years ago. The other one is of common clay. Its body tint is a pale greenish yellow. At the top is a border of impossible terra-cotta daisies. The lower three-fourths is covered with a scrawl in purple and crimson. It cost me ten cents at a Noank store the other day. Compelled to part with one of these, I could not know which to choose. I know that each was fashioned by...
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