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This 1 imagined an easy task, from my own acquirements and the celebrity of my preceptor. He also wrote several legal tracts, six plays, a musical drama, two long poems, a semifictional travel narrative, The Yankey in Londonand essays.


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The first half is a fun little romp through American society with a clueless Ichabod Crane character in a way Twain would later copy. I cannot even now reflect on this transaction without shuddering. Nor was the fear of killing my antagonist, and of what my poor parents would suffer from my being exposed to in famous punishment, less alarming. On the morning of the fourth day, as I was sleeping in my tent with the affectionate negro at my feet, I was suddenly awakened by the blow ing of conch-shells, and the sound of uncouth voices.

Supposedly it’s the tale of a young New England doctor named Updike Underhill, who unknowingly signs aboard a slaver as ship’s surgeon, only to end up captured by Algerian pirates and sold as a slave himself. Here I expec ted pleasure and profit. The only compound he ever gave, or took, was buttered flip for a cough. The negro, who could undauntedly expire under the anguish of the lash, could not view the ago nies of his wife, child, or motherand though re peatedly encouraged by these female sufferers to persevere unto death, unmoved by their torments, yet, though the man dared to die, the father re- iented, and in a few hours they had all eaten their provisions, mingled with their tears.

In that age of kingly glory, however, it was supposed to combine treason and blasphemy: The beating of Jo- tbam was forgotten, and a thousand stories of my want of proper spirit circulated.

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To distinguish objects within reach, he would close his captvie, feel for them with his hands, and then look earnestly upon them. The Dutch granted him fifty thousand acres of – land, then in their possession.

Volume 1 follows the format of “a satire and a picaresque,” whereas Volume 2 is dominated by “earnestness” and abolitionist sentiment.

The Algerine Captive, or The Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill

Here, to my surprise, I found the curiosities of all coun tries but our own. He could read a book cpative news paper, newly printed, tolerably well, by tracing, with the tip of his finger, the indents of the types.

When they re covered so far as to walk out, happy was he who could, by picking a few berries, gathering the algerone fruits of the country, or doing any menial services, manifest his affection for me.

By the advice of our attorney, I lodged my accompt-books in his office, with a general power to collect. As I had been once unmercifully whipped, for detecting algrine master in a false concord, I resolved to be mild in my government, to avoid all manu al correction, and doubted not by these means to secure the love and respect of my pupils. In the midst of my harangue, a florid-faced young man at the further end of the room, with two large promi nent foreteeth, remarkably white, began to sing, ” Fire upon the algerien

Allow me to relate another anecdote. I gave Greek names to all our farming tools, and cheered the cattle with hexameter verse. According to such a formulation, repeated investment in images of suffering others in sentimental literature as well as visual and When we arrived at the church, we found a brilliant collection of well dressed peo ple, anxiously waiting the arrival of the parson who, it seems, had a small branch of the river M to pass ; and, we afterwards learned, was detained by the absence of his negro boy, who was to ferry him over.

The practice of the second town physician was directly opposite. He could distinguish and divide A capitve twixt south and south-west side ; Cative d undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man s no horse ; He d prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an oivl.


From this danger I am happily secured, contin ued he smiling and pressing the hand of his cous in who sat beside him a beautiful blooming young woman of eighteen, who had been bred with him from childhood, and whose affection for him was such, that she was willing, notwithstand ing his blindness, to take him as a partner for life. IN one of the states southward of Philadelphia, 1″ was invited on a Sunday to go to church.

I too, in my turn, could triumph. To draw upon my father, who had al ready done for me beyond his ability, was still worse. I had played him the preceding season, as the ;ure indications of genius. When I was pursuing my studies in the hospitals in Eng land, I once saw seventeen horse -jockies, some ot whom were noblemen, killed by the fall of a scaf fold in Newmarket, and all wounded in the heel. By setting Algiers in opposition to America, this part of the novel leads Underhill to comment on and formulate his conception of what cxptive means to be American.

He possessed all the essence, without algerije parade of learning. To con clude, he would archly add in marriage, the most important concern in life, how many misera ble of both sexes, are left to deplore in tears their dependance on this treacherous thing called sight. Cullen, Munroe, Boerhaave, and Hunter, were my constant com panions. I would recommend The Algerine Captive to anyone interested in the history of the early American nation.

The purpose of his present visit was to solicit the loan of a small sum of money, to enable him to pay his bills, and transport himself home. As for me, said he, after 1 had recovered from the as tonishment of the fall, and discovered that 1 had escaped unhurt, I was quite at home in the dark ditch.