As he drew near
he proved to be Weekes, the armorer.
In this prodigious ridge, which extends three hundred leagues, sometimes approaching near
the sea, and sometimes running far up into the land, there is only one opening, through which all that merchandise is conveyed, which is embarked at Rifa, and from thence distributed through all the east.
I cannot tell whether I were more pleased or mortified to observe, in those solitary walks, that the smaller birds did not appear to be at all afraid of me, but would hop about within a yard's distance, looking for worms and other food, with as much indifference and security as if no creature at all were near
Then suddenly we saw a rush of smoke far away up the river, a puff of smoke that jerked up into the air and hung; and forthwith the ground heaved under foot and a heavy explosion shook the air, smashing two or three windows in the houses near
, and leaving us astonished.
We lived thus near
two years, only with this exception, that he went three times to London in that time, and once he continued there four months; but, to do him justice, he always supplied me with money to subsist me very handsomely.
They came so near
to us as to be within two musket-shot, and, asking no questions, surrounded us with their horses, and looked very earnestly upon us twice; at length, they placed themselves just in our way; upon which we drew up in a little line, before our camels, being not above sixteen men in all.
he cried, "I fear my master is near
dead, he blows so wearily
As for myself, it was no great harm, for I was near
the shore; but as to my cargo, it was a great part of it lost, especially the iron, which I expected would have been of great use to me; however, when the tide was out, I got most of the pieces of the cable ashore, and some of the iron, though with infinite labour; for I was fain to dip for it into the water, a work which fatigued me very much.
Yes, if we were near
enough to the bank, and if the vessel was floating at the time.
I was still thinking of it when I came out of the theatre an hour afterwards, and found him waiting for me near
After rather carelessly inspecting the ruin I resumed my sport, and having fairly good success prolonged it until near
sunset, when it occurred to me that I was a long way from any human habitation--too far to reach one by nightfall.
Some time passed before I felt tranquil even here: I had a vague dread that wild cattle might be near
, or that some sportsman or poacher might discover me.