One afternoon, while Clayton was working upon an addition to their cabin
, for he contemplated building several more rooms, a number of their grotesque little friends came shrieking and scolding through the trees from the direction of the ridge.
What was the last line will never be known, for of a sudden the song was stayed by a dreadful screech from the cabin
. It wailed through the ship, and died away.
At times I have eaten in cabins
where they had only corn bread and "black-eye peas" cooked in plain water.
"I have never been seasick in my life," he said, "and I only engage a cabin
for fear of wet weather.
But I called up all my resolution, set my teeth, and hobbled back and forth from galley to cabin
to galley without further mishap.
They laughed defiantly, and those inside the cabin
, the water up to their ankles, shouted back and forth with those on top.
While these few words were being exchanged among the elders, a private communication was in course of progress between the two young people under the cabin
I thanked him, and told him the captain should make his own terms with us, and asked him leave to go and tell my husband of it, who was not very well, and was not yet out of his cabin
. Accordingly I went, and my husband, whose spirits were still so much sunk with the indignity (as he understood it) offered him, that he was scare yet himself, was so revived with the account that I gave him of the reception we were like to have in the ship, that he was quite another man, and new vigour and courage appeared in his very countenance.
Then she watched him as, with his cakes in his hand, he crossed her strip of cotton back of the cabin
, and disappeared into the wood.
The master was still in the cabin
. After a time, Matt returned.
Then he approached his cabin
. The door was still closed and latched as he and D'Arnot had left it.
By 7 o'clock in the evening, dinner was about over; an hour's promenade on the upper deck followed; then the gong sounded and a large majority of the party repaired to the after cabin
(upper), a handsome saloon fifty or sixty feet long, for prayers.