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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 243 pages of information about The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African.
great fear.  While he was fast asleep I indulged myself a great deal in looking about the room, which to me appeared very fine and curious.  The first object that engaged my attention was a watch which hung on the chimney, and was going.  I was quite surprised at the noise it made, and was afraid it would tell the gentleman any thing I might do amiss:  and when I immediately after observed a picture hanging in the room, which appeared constantly to look at me, I was still more affrighted, having never seen such things as these before.  At one time I thought it was something relative to magic; and not seeing it move I thought it might be some way the whites had to keep their great men when they died, and offer them libation as we used to do to our friendly spirits.  In this state of anxiety I remained till my master awoke, when I was dismissed out of the room, to my no small satisfaction and relief; for I thought that these people were all made up of wonders.  In this place I was called Jacob; but on board the African snow I was called Michael.  I had been some time in this miserable, forlorn, and much dejected state, without having any one to talk to, which made my life a burden, when the kind and unknown hand of the Creator (who in very deed leads the blind in a way they know not) now began to appear, to my comfort; for one day the captain of a merchant ship, called the Industrious Bee, came on some business to my master’s house.  This gentleman, whose name was Michael Henry Pascal, was a lieutenant in the royal navy, but now commanded this trading ship, which was somewhere in the confines of the county many miles off.  While he was at my master’s house it happened that he saw me, and liked me so well that he made a purchase of me.  I think I have often heard him say he gave thirty or forty pounds sterling for me; but I do not now remember which.  However, he meant me for a present to some of his friends in England:  and I was sent accordingly from the house of my then master, one Mr. Campbell, to the place where the ship lay; I was conducted on horseback by an elderly black man, (a mode of travelling which appeared very odd to me).  When I arrived I was carried on board a fine large ship, loaded with tobacco, &c. and just ready to sail for England.  I now thought my condition much mended; I had sails to lie on, and plenty of good victuals to eat; and every body on board used me very kindly, quite contrary to what I had seen of any white people before; I therefore began to think that they were not all of the same disposition.  A few days after I was on board we sailed for England.  I was still at a loss to conjecture my destiny.  By this time, however, I could smatter a little imperfect English; and I wanted to know as well as I could where we were going.  Some of the people of the ship used to tell me they were going to carry me back to my own country, and this made me very happy.  I was quite rejoiced at the sound of going back; and thought if
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