I had ceased to be a writer of tolerably poor tales
and essays, and had become a tolerably good Surveyor of the Customs.
Another of his sources of fearful pleasure was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives, as they sat spinning by the fire, with a row of apples roasting and spluttering along the hearth, and listen to their marvellous tales
of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him.
Enter again, wanderer, and I will go forward with my tale
, for it is long and strange.
It seems to be your opinion, that the very office of an antiquary, employed in grave, and, as the vulgar will sometimes allege, in toilsome and minute research, must be considered as incapacitating him from successfully compounding a tale
of this sort.
The meeting of associated bands, who have been separated from each other on these hazardous enterprises, is always interesting; each having its tales
of perils and adventures to relate.
New York having but one county of Otsego, and the Susquehanna but one proper source, there can be no mistake as to the site of the tale
Disko spoke of whaling voyages in the Fifties; of great she-whales slain beside their young; of death agonies on the black, tossing seas, and blood that spurted forty feet in the air; of boats smashed to splinters; of patent rockets that went off wrong-end-first and bombarded the trembling crews; of cutting-in and boiling-down, and that terrible "nip" of '71, when twelve hundred men were made homeless on the ice in three days - wonderful tales
, all true.
It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale
, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.
While I was away at college she drained all available libraries for books about those who go to London to live by the pen, and they all told the same shuddering tale
It's a harrowing tale
of the wanderings of a Methodist minister's wife.
With tiny whines and thin whimperings, with whiffs and whuffs and growly sorts of noises down in his throat, he would try to tell her somewhat of his tale
For a few weeks little else was talked of in that region; then "old man Eckert" became a village tale
for the ear of the stranger.
And the minstrel who had a good tale
to tell was ever sure of a welcome, and for his pains he was rewarded with money, jewels, and even land.
The longest and finest of Chaucer's poems of this period, 'Troilus and Criseyde' is based on a work of Boccaccio; here Chaucer details with compelling power the sentiment and tragedy of love, and the psychology of the heroine who had become for the Middle Ages a central figure in the tale
Then the first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction, and let the censors receive any tale
of fiction which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorised ones only.