A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier by Diana Preston, Michael Preston

By Diana Preston, Michael Preston

William Dampier, (1651-1715), used to be an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships at the Spanish major. negative and ill-educated and decided to make his fortune, he still had a fondness for exploration and clinical examine. Dampier used to be the 1st to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the 1st recorded social gathering of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - eighty years prior to prepare dinner; wrote approximately Galapagos natural world one hundred fifty years earlier than Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his personal paintings; was once the 1st commute author: a brand new VOYAGE world wide used to be rapid bestseller while it used to be released in 1697 - stated to have motivated the novels of fast and Defoe. a guy jam-packed with contradictions: he who accomplished lots 'blew it' later in existence, declining into scandal, failure or even farce. a different guy prior to his time, he lived a wide a part of his lifestyles between pirates but controlled to maintain what Coleridge referred to as his "exquisite refinement of mind". A vintage instance of the easiest narrative heritage.

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As he lighted one he was conscious that the door to the inner cabin had opened. He turned, to meet Juliana Salcedo y Monies. And amazement grew within him. CHAPTER IV. CANAUGHAN BARGAINS. GERALD DESMOND had as much knowledge of women as the next man, and was always willing to learn more. As he looked at Juliana Salcedo he realized that she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen; exotically beautiful, yet marked with the golden hair and gray eye of the purest Spanish blood. Her gown of palest green island silk accentuated her high coloring, the rich curves of cheek and arm and figure.

Her gaze went to the water pitcher in the corner, which had been filled that morning. “Thirst? ” She looked at the large square port, which was open, and smiled at the sunlit sea. 51 52 THE OPIUM SHIP “Marriage? There is the escape. ” And, sitting down, she composedly began to clean her automatic pistol. CHAPTER VI. THE SEA TRYST. CAPTAIN CANAUGHAN, Desmond, and O’Sullivan sat smoking in their cabin the afternoon after Canaughan’s rescue. All three had slept long and lustily, but the skipper was chafing under enforced inaction.

I’m comin’ to that,” retorted the fiddler. “D’ye mind there was only one true word in that poem, sir? For a fact there was! And that was where he spoke about an Ulsterman always improving —” “True for ye there,” interjected the skipper. “An Ulsterman always does improve —” “— like bad fish in July,” added O’Sullivan slyly, throwing 53 54 THE OPIUM SHIP Desmond a wink. ” roared the skipper furiously. “If ye were not a little runt of a man not worth me attention I’d break your back over me knee, ye little herring!

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