“I tried in vain to catch a smile on their features. Sometimes they laughed by a sort of involuntary contraction of the muscles, but they never smiled.”

“Before the day was over, I saw we had to do with a blacksmith, a fisherman, a hunter, a carpenter, and not at all with a minister of Christ. True, we came on a week day. Perhaps he was a better man on Sundays.”

“I leaped on shore, followed by my uncle and the Icelander. The short passage had not calmed my spirits. On the contrary, I proposed ‘burning our ship’ to cut off all temptation to retreat. My uncle would not hear of it. I thought him very lukewarm.”