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Probably encouraged by the prospect of a speedy termination to his labor, the wood-chopper resumed his oar, and, under strong excitement, gave a stroke that not only cleared the boat of the net but of the steward at the same instant.
The loom of the oar kicked Harvey under the chin and knocked him backward.
As it was, the oar was dashed from under my armpits; in another moment they had found a more solid resting-place.
And ashore, a white man alone, attended by an Irish terrier puppy with a heart flooded with love and by a black king resentfully respectful of the dynamite of the white man, Van Horn went, swashbuckling barelegged through a stronghold of three thousand souls, while his white mate, addicted to schnapps, held the deck of the tiny craft at anchor off shore, and while his black boat's crew, oars in hands, held the whaleboat stern-on to the beach to receive the expected flying leap of the man they served but did not love, and whose head they would eagerly take any time were it not for fear of him.
The Ancient Mariner stood up at the steering sweep and gave the order, when all was ready, for the first dip of the oars.
So we lay on our oars and waited for the tide to do its work.
Rasping up on either side, with oars trailing to save them from snapping, they poured in a living torrent with horrid yell and shrill whoop upon the defenceless merchantman.
There was something very queer about the water, she thought, as every now and then the oars got fast in it, and would hardly come out again.
And thus, having found two or three broken oars belonging to the boat - and, besides the tools which were in the chest, I found two saws, an axe, and a hammer; with this cargo I put to sea.
One of the boats dropped in the water, and walked towards us upon the sea with her long oars.
Then with one yearning look toward her uncle Deane's house that lay farther down the river, she took to both her oars and rowed with all her might across the watery fields, back toward the Mill.
And setting the example he plowed his oar into the sea; two strokes took the bark on twenty fathoms further.
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