The White Wolf and other fireside tales - (1902) PDF book by Arthur Quiller-Couch

The White Wolf and other fireside tales 

The White Wolf and other fireside tales
The White Wolf and other fireside tales




Excerpt:
In the early summer of 1358, with the breaking up of the ice, there came to Brattahlid, in Greenland, a merchant ship from Norway, with pro- visions for the Christian settlements on the coast. The master's name was Snorri Gamlason, and it happened that as he sailed into Eric's Fiord and warped alongside the quay, the word was brought to him that the Bishop of Garda had arrived that day in Brattahlid, to hold a confirmation. Whereupon this Snorri went ashore at once, and, getting an audience of the Bishop, gave him a little book, with an account of how he had come by it. 

The book was written in Danish, and Snorri could not understand a word of it, being indeed unable to read or to write; but he told this tale: — His ship, about three weeks before, had run into a calm, which lasted for three days and two nights, and with a northerly drift, she fell away, little by little, towards a range of icebergs which stretched across and ahead of them in a solid chain. But about noon of the third day the colour of the sky warned him of a worse peril, and soon there came up from the westward a bank of fog, with snow in it, and a wind that increased until they began to hear the ice grinding and breaking up — as it seemed — all around them. Snorri steered at first for the southward, where had been open water; but by and by found that even here were drifting bergs.

 He, therefore, put his helm down and felt his way through the weather by shortboards, and so, with the most of his men stationed forward to keep a look-out, fenced, as it were, with the danger, steering and tacking, until by God's grace the fog lifted, and the wind blew gently once more. And now in the clear sunshine, he saw that the storm had been more violent than any had supposed; since the wall of ice, which before had been solid, was now burst and riven in many places, and in particular to the eastward, where a broad path of water lay before them almost like a canal, but winding here and there. Towards this Snorri steered, and entered it with a fair breeze. 

They had come, he said, but to the second bend of this waterway, when a seaman, who had climbed the mast on the chance of spying an outlet, called out in surprise that there was a ship ahead of them, but two miles off, and running down the channel before the wind, even as they.


Contents of the book:


The miracle of the White Wolf.--Sindbad on Burrator.--Victor.--The capture of the Burgomeister Van der Werf.--King o' Prussia.--The man who could have told.--The cellars of Rueda.--The haunted yacht.--Parson Jack's fortune.--The burglary club.--Concerning St. John of Jerusalem.--Cox versus Prettyman.--The bridals of Ysselmonde.--England!--John and the ghosts.--Three photographs.--The talking ships.--The keepers of the lamp.--Two boys.--The senior fellow.--Ballast


the book details :
  • Author: Arthur Quiller-CouchSir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch was a Cornish writer who published using the pseudonym Q. Although a prolific novelist, he is remembered mainly for the monumental publication The Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250–1900 and for his literary criticism.

  • Publication date: 1902
  • Company: London, Methuen

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