The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 4


The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 4
The Pilgrims Becoming Domesticated—Pilgrim Life at Sea—"Horse- Billiards"—The "Synagogue"—The Writing School—Jack's "Journal"— The "Q. C. Club"—The Magic Lantern—State Ball on Deck—Mock Trials— Charades—Pilgrim Solemnity—Slow Music—The Executive Officer Delivers an Opinion

With this chapter we hear of the many diversions offered passengers: Horse billiards (shuffleboard), journal writing, Magic Lantern shows, dancing on a rolling deck, mock trials and charades. What I think to be the most interesting point in this chapter is the observation of the executive officer:

"There they are, down there every night at eight bells, praying for fair winds—when they know as well as I do that this is the only ship going east this time of the year, but there's a thousand coming west—what's a fair wind for us is a head wind to them—the Almighty's blowing a fair wind for a thousand vessels, and this tribe wants him to turn it clear around so as to accommodate one—and she a steamship at that! It ain't good sense, it ain't good reason, it ain't good Christianity, it ain't common human charity. Avast with such nonsense!"


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This is the second version of the YouTube file. I've improved the audio filtering and hopefully made the slide show more interesting.