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By Herman Melville

If Melville had by no means written Moby Dick, his position in international literature will be guaranteed by way of his brief stories. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his final paintings, is the masterpiece during which he grants the ultimate summation in his "quarrel with God." it's a extraordinary examine of the tragic conflict among social authority and person freedom, human justice and summary solid. Melville additionally explores this subject in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his recognized tale a couple of Wall highway legislations clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic—and finally disastrous—extreme; and in "Benito Cereno," his awesome account of oppression and uprising on a nineteenth-century slave send. finishing this number of nice stories are the eerie "The Encantados," the attractive, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling technology fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."

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As Nippers once observed, Turkey舗s money went chiefly for red ink. One winter day, I presented Turkey with a highly respectable-looking coat of my own-a padded gray coat, of a most comfortable warmth, and which buttoned straight up from the knee to the neck. I thought Turkey would appreciate the favor, and abate his rashness and obstreperousness of afternoons. But no; I verily believe that buttoning himself up in so downy and blanket-like a coat had a pernicious effect upon him-upon the same principle that too much oats are bad for horses.

The case of Agatha Hatch Robertson was relayed by Melville. It involved a young wife who waited seventeen years for word舒literally, for mail舒from her husband, who had left to seek work. Melville here postulates to Hawthorne how the story of Agatha and her mailbox might be told: 舠As her hopes gradually decay in her, so does the post itself & the little box decay. The post rots in the ground at last. Owing to its being little used舒 hardly used at all舒grass grows rankly about it. At last a little bird nests in it.

One winter day, I presented Turkey with a highly respectable-looking coat of my own-a padded gray coat, of a most comfortable warmth, and which buttoned straight up from the knee to the neck. I thought Turkey would appreciate the favor, and abate his rashness and obstreperousness of afternoons. But no; I verily believe that buttoning himself up in so downy and blanket-like a coat had a pernicious effect upon him-upon the same principle that too much oats are bad for horses. In fact, precisely as a rash, restive horse is said to feel his oats, so Turkey felt his croat.

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