On the Sea (A Sailor's Story)

On the Sea (A Sailor's Story) Anton Chekhov (translated by Peter Sekirin) ICOULD SEE ONLY THE DIM lights of the harbor we had just left, and the black sky above us, darker than pitch. A cold wind was blowing in the dark sky above; it was about to rain. We felt suffocated, despite the wind and the cold. By "we" I mean we sailors who stood in the hold. I could hear some noisy laughter; somebody was cracking jokes, and somebody else was crowing like a rooster to entertain the others. I was trembling all over, from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet; it was as if I had a hole in the back of my head, from which cold sweat was pouring down my spine. I was trembling from the cold, and from other things I don't want to tell you about here. I think man a vile creature, and a sailor worse than any other, worse than an animal; but sometimes there is a faithfulness that tells me I may be that a sailor has more reason to hate love than any other man. A man who is prepared to fall from the mast into the sea, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

On the Sea (A Sailor's Story)

The Missouri Review, Volume 22 (2) – Oct 5, 1999

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Anton Chekhov (translated by Peter Sekirin) ICOULD SEE ONLY THE DIM lights of the harbor we had just left, and the black sky above us, darker than pitch. A cold wind was blowing in the dark sky above; it was about to rain. We felt suffocated, despite the wind and the cold. By "we" I mean we sailors who stood in the hold. I could hear some noisy laughter; somebody was cracking jokes, and somebody else was crowing like a rooster to entertain the others. I was trembling all over, from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet; it was as if I had a hole in the back of my head, from which cold sweat was pouring down my spine. I was trembling from the cold, and from other things I don't want to tell you about here. I think man a vile creature, and a sailor worse than any other, worse than an animal; but sometimes there is a faithfulness that tells me I may be that a sailor has more reason to hate love than any other man. A man who is prepared to fall from the mast into the sea,

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1999

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