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  • My life might have been passed in ease and luxury; but I preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path.

  • Oh, that some encouraging voice would answer in the affirmative!

  • My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.

  • I am about to proceed on a long and difficult voyage, the emergencies of which will demand all my fortitude: I am required not only to raise the spirits of others, but sometimes to sustain my own, when theirs are failing.

  • Robert Walton (Narrator)

    This is the most favourable period for travelling in Russia.

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  • They fly quickly over the snow in their sledges; the motion is pleasant, and, in my opinion, far more agreeable than that of an English stagecoach.

  • The cold is not excessive, if you are wrapped in furs—a dress which I have already adopted;

  • for there is a great difference between walking the deck and remaining seated motionless for hours, when no exercise prevents the blood from actually freezing in your veins.

  • I have no ambition to lose my life on the post-road between St. Petersburgh and Archangel.

  • Robert Walton (Narrator)

    I shall depart for the latter town in a fortnight or three weeks; and my intention is to hire a ship there, which can easily be done by paying the insurance for the owner, and to engage as many sailors as I think necessary among those who are accustomed to the whale-fishing.

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  • I do not intend to sail until the month of June; and when shall I return?

  • Ah, dear sister, how can I answer this question?

  • If I succeed, many, many months, perhaps years, will pass before you and I may meet.

  • If I fail, you will see me again soon, or never.

  • Robert Walton (Narrator)

    Farewell, my dear, excellent Margaret.

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  • Heaven shower down blessings on you, and save me, that I may again and again testify my gratitude for all your love and kindness.

  • Your affectionate brother,

  • Robert Walton (Narrator)

    R. WALTON.

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  • To Mrs. Saville, England.