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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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A dish of coffee, and fresh linen, recruited my spirits,
and I directly set out again for Norway, purposing to
land much higher up the coast.

Wrapping my great-coat round me, I lay down on
some sails at the bottom of the boat, its motion rocking
me to rest, till a discourteous wave interrupted my
slumbers, and obliged me to rise and feel a solitariness
which was not so soothing as that of the past night.




</sc>The</sc> sea was boisterous, but, as I had an experienced
pilot, I did not apprehend any danger. Sometimes, I
was told, boats are driven far out and lost. However,
I seldom calculate chances so nicely — sufficient for the
day is the obvious evil!

We had to steer amongst islands and huge rocks,
rarely losing sight of the shore, though it now and
then appeared only a mist that bordered the water’s
edge. The pilot assured me that the numerous
harbours on the Norway coast were very safe, and the
pilot-boats were always on the watch. The Swedish
side is very dangerous, I am also informed; and the
help of experience is not often at hand to enable
strange vessels to steer clear of the rocks, which lurk
below the water close to the shore.

There are no tides here, nor in the Cattegate, and,
what appeared to me a consequence, no sandy beach.

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