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the journal of new travels.  “Le Roman d’un Spahi,” a record of the melancholy adventures of a soldier in Senegambia, belongs to 1881.  In 1882 Loti issued a collection of short studies under the general title of “Fleurs d’Ennui.”  In 1883 he achieved the widest celebrity, for not only did he publish “Mon Frere Yves,” a novel describing the life of a French bluejacket in all parts of the world—­perhaps, on the whole, to this day his most characteristic production—­but he was involved in a public discussion in a manner which did him great credit.  While taking part as a naval officer in the Tonquin war, Loti had exposed in a Parisian newspaper a series of scandals which succeeded on the capture of Hue, and, being recalled, he was now suspended from the service for more than a year.  He continued for some time nearly silent, but in 1886, he published a novel of life among the Breton fisher-folk, entitled “Pecheurs d’Islande”; this has been the most popular of all his writings.  In 1887 he brought out a volume of extraordinary merit, which has never received the attention it deserves; this is “Propos d’Exil,” a series of short studies of exotic places, in Loti’s peculiar semi-autobiographic style.  The fantastic romance of Japanese manners, “Madame Chrysantheme,” belongs to the same year.  Passing over one or two slighter productions, we come to 1890, to “Au Maroc,” the record of a journey to Fez in company with a French embassy.  A collection of strangely confidential and sentimental reminiscences, called “Le Livre de la Pitie et de la Mort,” belongs to 1891.  Loti was on board his ship at the port of Algiers when news was brought to him of his election, on the 21st of May, 1891, to the French Academy.  Since he has become an Immortal the literary activity of Pierre Loti has somewhat declined.  In 1892 he published “Fantome d’Orient,” another dreamy study of life in Constantinople, a sort of continuation of “Aziyade.”  He has described a visit to the Holy Land in three volumes, “Le Desert,” “Jerusalem,” “La Galilee” (1895-96), and he has written one novel, “Ramentcho” (1897), a story of manners in the Basque province, which is quite on a level with his best work.  In 1898 he collected his later essays as “Figures et Choses qui passaient.”  In 1899-1900 Loti visited British India, and in the autumn of the latter year China; and he has described what he saw there, after the seige, in a charming volume, “Derniers Jours de Pekin,” 1902.

E. G.

AN ICELAND FISHERMAN

by Pierre Loti

PART 1 —­ ON THE ICY SEA

CHAPTER I—­THE FISHERMEN

There they were, five huge, square-built seamen, drinking away together in the dismal cabin, which reeked of fish-pickle and bilge-water.  The overhead beams came down too low for their tall statures, and rounded off at one end so as to resemble a gull’s breast, seen from within.  The whole rolled gently with a monotonous wail, inclining one slowly to drowsiness.

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