The Beach is one of several of his later works drawn from this latter part of his life. Here was a fresh experience: even the tongue would be quite strange to me; and the look of these woods and mountains, and the rare smell of them, renewed my blood. I had sat up, leg and all, to stop her; but when I saw her tumble I clapped down again where I was, lay still, and felt the handle of my knife. The world is a simple, prettified place; the objects in it have definite outlines, and are there to be coloured in by whoever happens to own the box of crayons. But of all this on that first morning I knew no more than a fly. Then I began to come to myself a bit. When old Adams saw it, he took and shook me by the hand.
It was in one of these still times that a whole gang of birds and flying foxes came pegging out of the bush like creatures frightened. I could have torn my hair. All our islanders easily acquire a kind of eloquence, and can roll out and illustrate, with a great deal of vigour and fancy, second-hand sermons; but Namu's sermons are his own, and I cannot deny that I have found them means of grace. I thought it strange as I went out. There was no sign of any path beyond, and the cocoa-palms in the front of the foot of the valley were the last this way. But when I got to the path, it fell so dark I could make no headway, walking into trees and swearing there, like a man looking for the matches in his bed-room.
They must merely be adequate, and sufficient, to close off the wider world to our interest, while keeping it open as a source of exploitation. The shutters were some of them down and some open; I saw the mosquito bars still stretched, with shadows of people new-awakened sitting up inside; and all over the green others were stalking silent, wrapped in their many-coloured sleeping clothes like Bedouins in Bible pictures. So there was I, left alone in my glory at Falesa; and when the schooner came round I filled her up, and gave her a deck-cargo half as high as the house. I saw the light shine on her bare arms and her bright eyes, and there went out of me a yell so big that I thought it was my death. The South Seas are not at all the paradise it is cut out to be, and , to his benefit, realized this. I give you my word I don't want to shoot you.
I was a little caught up at my swearing, just when all was going straight; and so was the missionary, I suppose, but he made believe to look out of the window, and thanked us. I was looking in front of me across the bay, and I saw the hanging front of the woods pushed suddenly open, and Case, with a gun in his hand, step forth into the sunshine on the black beach. There I sat and had a meal which was served us by Case's wife; and there I was entertained all day by that remains of man, his tongue stumbling among low old jokes and long old stories, and his own wheezy laughter always ready, so that he had no sense of my depression. I never had anything so near me as this little brown bit of a girl. I suppose it was the smile stuck in my memory, for I spoke back sharp. I found I was out by what might easily cover six months' salary and profit, and I could have kicked myself all round the village to have been such a blamed ass, sitting boozing with that Case instead of attending to my own affairs and taking stock. It was copra to make your mouth water when it was done - I never understood how much the natives cheated me till I had made that four hundred pounds of my own hand - and it weighed so light I felt inclined to take and water it myself.
Much stronger than Jekyll and Hyde or Weir of Hermiston. Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. I heard he ran away because of you. Indeed, I have no harm to say of Billy Randall beyond the fact that my gorge rose at him, and the time I now passed in his company was like a nightmare. He was jawing away about watered copra and a sight of foolery.
She was a Samoa woman, and dyed her hair red, Samoa style; and when he came to die as I have to tell of they found one strange thing - that he had made a will, like a Christian, and the widow got the lot: all his, they said, and all Black Jack's, and the most of Billy Randall's in the bargain, for it was Case that kept the books. It was plain, too, that the mine should be sprung immediately, or Case might be in time to stop it. The stuff was good enough for Kanakas to go fishing with, where they've got to look lively anyway, and the most they risk is only to have their hand blown off. The ending twist comes as little more than a wrap up but is so ingeniously isolated from the rest of the story as to leave one wondering. My house was like a mechanics' debating society: Uma was so made up that I shouldn't go into the bush by night, or that, if I did, I was never to come back again. I have spoken of the cape which shut up the village and my station from the east.
The name of the concern is a Tyrolean harp; and you can tell him the name means in English that nobody but dam-fools give a cent for it. This first part is designed to hone your skills of textual analysis; it will also enable you to begin thinking about plays as texts written for performance. Altogether, I began to have a glimmer of the man's position, and the means by which he had acquired it, and, though I saw he was a tough nut to crack, I was noways cast down. But about coming now, I'll be quite plain. Have I lived to hear it from a jackanapes like you? The more ashamed I was, the more hurry I was in to be gone; and our desires thus jumping together, I made the less remark of a change in the traders.
However, I'll tell you what I'll do. It does so with a story that features a surprising and beguiling romance between an adventurous British trader and a young island girl, against a background of increasing—and mysterious—hostility. He was a good-natured old soul to look at, gone a little grizzled, and so dirty you could have written with him on a piece of paper. And, despite his misgivings, Wiltshere might have gone along with this, had things turned out alright for him on the island. It would be a strange thing if we came all this way and couldn't do what we pleased. I thought awhile whether I should ask her more, but it's a bad idea to set natives up with any notion of consulting them, so I went to Case.
And that was all I saw of that precious gang until what I am about to tell you. To be sure, there was a stranger come, but they had a chance to see that stranger yesterday, and took it quiet enough. There was no wind to mention; only a little icy breath of a land-breeze that stirred nothing; and the harps were silent. I couldn't see where she put it the first time, I couldn't see now where she took it from; it seemed to jump into her hand like that Blavatsky business in the papers. Un buen ejemplo de los relatos de aventuras decimonónicos. Seems as if he might live to be Old Kafoozleum.