And now--in a very humble way, as will be seen--we proceed to open our narrative
Surveyor Pine, and from whose oral testimony he had made up his narrative
, remembered her, in their youth, as a very old, but not decrepit woman, of a stately and solemn aspect.
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.
Bessie, when she heard this narrative
, sighed and said, "Poor Miss Jane is to be pitied, too, Abbot.
Round the central figure in the narrative
other characters will be found grouped, in sharp contrast -- contrast, for the most part, in which I have endeavored to make the element of humor mainly predominant.
Scottish manners, Scottish dialect, and Scottish characters of note, being those with which the author was most intimately, and familiarly acquainted, were the groundwork upon which he had hitherto relied for giving effect to his narrative
It is a faithful narrative
of this incredible expedition in an element inaccessible to man, but to which Progress will one day open a road.
They differ, in that Epic poetry admits but one kind of metre, and is narrative
Similarly, in the case of speeches, the exordium is prior in order to the narrative
Now, Grandfather remembered that Charley had galloped away upon a stick in the midst of the narrative
of poor Lady Arbella, and I know not whether he would have thought it worth while to tell another story merely to gratify such an inattentive auditor as Charley.
In very many published narratives
no little degree of attention is bestowed upon dates; but as the author lost all knowledge of the days of the week, during the occurrence of the scenes herein related, he hopes that the reader will charitably pass over his shortcomings in this particular.
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).
Some travellers, who had got as far as Kazeh, or the great lakes, saw slaves that had been brought from this region; interrogated them concerning it, and, from their different narratives
, made up a jumble of notions, and deduced systems from them.
When my convivial host discovered that he had told me so much, and that I was prone to doubtfulness, his foolish pride assumed the task the old vintage had commenced, and so he unearthed written evidence in the form of musty manuscript, and dry official records of the British Colonial Office to support many of the salient features of his remarkable narrative
As I said when I began my narrative
, when that history comes to be written, this occurrence will surely stand out among all other events like a mountain towering among its foothills.