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By Herman Melville

A quick tale from the vintage Shorts assortment: The chuffed Failure by way of Herman Melville

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Like a Hurrah ! like a Three-times-three! hip! hip! He strode out of the shanty. I followed. He flew upon the apex of the dwelling, spread wide his wings, sounded one supernatural note, and dropped at my feet. CO C K- A - D O O D L E - D O O ! // 31 The cock was dead. If now you visit that hilly region, you will see, nigh the railroad track, just beneath October Mountain, on the other side of the swamp—there you will see a grave-stone, not with skull and cross-bones, but with a lusty cock in act of crowing, chiseled on it, with the words beneath: O death, where is thy sting?

I looked at the cock. There he stood majestically in the middle of the room. He looked like a Spanish grandee caught in a shower, and standing under some peasant’s shed. There was a strange supernatural look of contrast about him. He irradiated the shanty; he glorified its meanness. He glorified the battered chest, and tattered gray coat, and the bunged hat. He glorified the very voices which came in ailing tones from behind the screen. ” 26 \\ H E R M A N M E LV I L L E “Crow,” cried Merrymusk.

26 \\ H E R M A N M E LV I L L E “Crow,” cried Merrymusk. The cock threw himself into a posture. The roof jarred. “Does not this disturb Mrs. ” The roof jarred. ” said I. “The cock is a glorious cock, with a glorious voice, but not exactly the sort of thing for a sick chamber, one would suppose. ” “Don’t you like it? Don’t it do you good? Ain’t it inspiring? don’t it impart pluck? ” “All true,” said I, removing my hat with profound humility before the brave spirit disguised in the base coat. ” I leaped from my chair.

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