There are some things related in the narrative
which will be sure to appear strange, or perhaps entirely incomprehensible, to the reader; but they cannot appear more so to him than they did to the author at the time.
As the romance is imperfect, we are not acquainted how the discovery takes place; but it is probably much in the same manner as in other narratives
turning on the same subject, where the host, apprehensive of death for having trespassed on the respect due to his Sovereign, while incognito, is agreeably surprised by receiving honours and reward.
If a narrative
poem in any other metre or in many metres were now composed, it would be found incongruous.
It is, of course, one of the main things to be desired in most narrative
; though sometimes the effect sought may be something different, as, for instance, in romance and poetry, an atmosphere of dreamy beauty.
To pass from the Characters to the Story, it will be seen that the narrative
related in these pages has been constructed on a plan which differs from the plan followed in my last novel, and in some other of my works published at an earlier date.
DOUGLASS has very properly chosen to write his own Narrative
, in his own style, and according to the best of his ability, rather than to employ some one else.
And in this double form he has cast the entire narrative
of the events which occurred at Troy and in Ithaca and throughout the Odyssey.
In a condensed narrative
the astonished Austin was told what had happened to himself and the world.
, if I have the strength and the courage to write it, may now go on.
"So, if we proceed with our narrative
of the chair, I shall still confine myself to its connection with public events."
All drinkers begin socially, and this drinking is accompanied by a thousand social connotations such as I have described out of my own experience in the first part of this narrative
. These social connotations are the stuff of which the drink habit is largely composed.
I will not bore those whom this narrative
may reach by an account of our luxurious voyage upon the Booth liner, nor will I tell of our week's stay at Para (save that I should wish to acknowledge the great kindness of the Pereira da Pinta Company in helping us to get together our equipment).