An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands: In the South Pacific Ocean. With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language, Band 1

J. Murray, 1818 - 344 Seiten
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Seite 261 - He gave her as much of his company as prudence would allow, and at the most appropriate times, lest the prying eye of curiosity should find out his retreat. He pleaded his tale of love with the most impassioned eloquence, half of which would have been sufficient to have won her warmest affections, for she owed her life to his prompt and generous exertions at the risk of his own : and how...
Seite 263 - He signified to his inferior chiefs and matabooles, that it was his intention to go to the Fiji islands, and he wished them to accompany him with their wives and female attendants, but he desired . them on no account to mention to the latter the place of their destination, lest they should inadvertently betray their intention, and the governing chief prevent their departure. A large canoe was soon got ready, and every necessary preparation made for their voyage.
Seite 251 - ... property of a man, and it ought to be, " as being both the most useful and the most " necessary, he could not store it up, for it " would spoil, and so he would be obliged either " to exchange it away for something else useful, " or share it out to his neighbours, and inferior " chiefs and dependants, for nothing." He concluded by saying, " I understand now very " well what it is that makes the Papalangis so " selfish ; — it is this money !
Seite 132 - Finow, with a little more ferocity, but not quite such depth of policy. It will be recollected that Toobo Neuha was the chief that assassinated Toogoo Ahoo ; ever since which period Toobo Toa's desire of revenge was most implacable ; and he had made a vow never to drink the milk of the cocoa-nut out of the shell till he had fully accomplished it. He had indeed all along espoused the cause of Finow against the adherents of his father, which may seem strange, as Finow himself was a principal accomplice...
Seite 383 - ... thus to evince a testimony of my respect for Finow ! Never, no, never can you again tear open the brains of his enemies ! Alas ! what a great and mighty warrior has fallen ! Oh, Finow, cease to suspect my loyalty ; be convinced of my fidelity ! But what absurdity am I talking ! If I had appeared treacherous in your sight, I should have met the fate of those numerous warriors who have fallen victims to your just revenge. But do not think, Finow, that I reproach you ; no ! I wish only to convince...
Seite 294 - ... how destructive is war! — Behold! how it has rendered the land productive of weeds, and opened untimely graves for departed heroes! Our chiefs can now no longer enjoy the sweet pleasure of wandering alone by moonlight in search of their mistresses: but let us banish sorrow from our hearts: since we are at war, we must think and act like the natives of Fiji, who first taught us this destructive art. Let us therefore enjoy the present time, for to-morrow perhaps or the next day we may die.
Seite 242 - I was getting on board, quitted it, and ran up the beach to cast the stern fast off, notwithstanding the master and others called to him to return, while they were hauling me out of the water. I was no sooner in the boat than the attack began by about...
Seite 179 - After four or five hours interrupted progress, owing chiefly to the weight of the guns and the badness of the road, they arrived before the fortress, on the banks of which a vast number of the enemy were assembled. As they approached, a shower of arrows was discharged upon them ; but Finow ordered a mataboole to advance forward and request an armistice, that each party might take leave of what friends and relations they might have among their opponents...
Seite 102 - There can be little doubt, however, but that the priest, on such occasions, often summons into action the deepest feelings of devotion of which he is susceptible, and by a voluntary act disposes his mind, as much as possible, to be powerfully affected : till at length, what began by volition proceeds by involuntary effort, and the whole mind and body becomes subjected to the overruling emotion.
Seite 250 - Mr. Mariner was then going on to shew the convenience of money as a medium of exchange, when Filimoeatoo interrupted him, saying to Finow, I understand how it is; — money is less cumbersome than goods, and it is very convenient for a man to exchange away his goods for money ; which, at any other time, he could exchange again for the same or any other goods that he might want ; whereas the goods themselves might have spoilt...

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