An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific Ocean: With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language. Compiled and Arranged from the Extensive Communications of Mr. William Mariner, Several Years Resident in Those Islands, Volume 1

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Page 255 - I was getting on board, quitted it, and ran up the beach to cast the sternfast 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...
Page 308 - ... off the colour of our skins. Mark how the uncultivated spectators are profuse of their applause ! — But now the dance is over: let us remain here to-night, and feast and be cheerful, and to-morrow we will depart for the Maria.
Page 126 - ... that had been seen both by the writer and reader, and which should be mutually understood by them ; but Mr Mariner immediately informed him, that he could write down any thing that he had never seen.
Page 438 - ... as the cause of diseases, and in omens, prevailed universally. Mariner tells a story of a woman of rank who was greatly attached to King Finow, and who for the space of six months after his death scarcely ever slept elsewhere than on his grave, which she kept carefully decorated with flowers :— One day she went, with the deepest affliction, to the house of Mo-oonga Toobo...
Page 50 - ... a constant blinking with one of his eyes, and a horrible convulsive motion on one side of his mouth. On another part of the deck there lay twenty-two bodies perfectly naked, and arranged side by side in even order. They were so dreadfully bruised and battered about the head, that only two or three of them could be recognized.
Page 107 - All that he says is supposed to be the declaration of the god, and he accordingly speaks in the first person as if he were the god. All this is done generally without any apparent inward emotion or outward agitation; but on some occasions his countenance becomes fierce, and...
Page 273 - ... was he delighted when he heard the confession from her own lips, that she had long regarded him with a favourable eye, but a sense of duty had caused her to smother the growing fondness, till the late sad misfortune of her family, and the circumstances attending her escape, had revived all her latent affections, to bestow them wholly upon a man to whom they were so justly due.
Page 262 - ... of the king, he turned this material into money, he would scarcely have made as much as he had given for it. Mr. Mariner was then going on to...
Page 127 - Tarky, blind in his left eye,' which was done, and read to the increased astonishment of every body. Mr Mariner then told him, that, in several parts of the world, messages were sent to great distances through the same medium, and, being folded and fastened up, the bearer could know nothing of the contents ; and that the histories of whole nations were thus handed down to posterity, without spoiling by being kept (as he chose to express himself).
Page 102 - Tinovv arrived upon the place, and saw several canoes which hail been hauled up in the garrison, shattered to pieces by the shot, and discovered a number of legs and arms lying around, and about three hundred and fifty bodies stretched upon the ground, he expressed his wonder and astonishment at the dreadful effect of the guns. He thanked his men for their bravery, and Mr. Mariner and his companions in particular, for the great assistance rendered by them.

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