of silk to Quentin, the mercer at Ancaster.
It was impossible to bale
it, but he was calmer now and managed to catch them in his tin bucket.
But now when the boatswain calls all hands to lighten her; when boxes, bales
, and jars are clattering overboard; when the wind is shrieking, and the men are yelling, and every plank thunders with trampling feet right over Jonah's head; in all this raging tumult, Jonah sleeps his hideous sleep.
I set off, overjoyed at this opportunity to see some more of the ships and seamen, and picked my way among a great crowd of people and carts and bales
, for the dock was now at its busiest, until I found the tavern in question.
I thanked him, and praised his honesty, begging him to accept several bales
of merchandise in token of my gratitude, but he would take nothing.
Our goods were no sooner landed than we were surrounded with a crowd of officers, all gaping for presents; we were forced to gratify their avarice by opening our bales
, and distributing among them some pieces of calico.
I can sign my name well enough," said Sancho, "for when I was steward of the brotherhood in my village I learned to make certain letters, like the marks on bales
of goods, which they told me made out my name.
The three big fellows spoke to one another in odd guttural tones, and the man who had waited for us on the beach began chattering to them excitedly--a foreign language, as I fancied--as they laid hands on some bales
piled near the stern.
were hastily ripped open, and their motley contents poured forth.
It is only while crowded into bales
, or thrust into drawers for the vulgar purposes of trade, that this instinct is dormant, a beneficent nature scorning to exercise her benevolence for any but legitimate objects.
As long as you keep her propeller under water and take care, say, not to fling down barrels of oil on top of bales
of silk, or deposit an iron bridge-girder of five ton or so upon a bed of coffee-bags, you have done about all in the way of duty that the cry for prompt despatch will allow you to do.
Her great eyes rolled in evident terror, first toward the jungle and then toward the cursing band of sailors who were removing the bales
and boxes from the boats.
Slipping across the water, the English sailors bore away bars of silver, bales
of linen, timbers of cedar wood, golden crucifixes knobbed with emeralds.
Once outside, the fellow led the way into the darkness, nearer a wharf, where high-piled bales
, boxes, and casks cast dense shadows.
But now the generals are gone back to their counters; and in place of projectiles, they despatch bales