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illustrated.1898 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I THE SPELLBOUND SEAMAN
Sa1lors believe that there is an Evil Spirit of the ocean who, like
the ancient Sea-Queen Ran, "would many a man beguile," and who
delights in casting spells upon unfortunate mortals and in dragging
them down under the waves. He has terrible power, they declare, and
can arouse the ocean to wrath, collect the thunder-clouds, and let
loose the wild storm-winds--indeed, the number of vessels he has
wrecked cannot be counted. His mighty magic enables him to doom
mariners to fearful fates if they displease or defy him; and of
this magic you shall now hear. There was once a Dutch sea-captain
named Vanderdecken, who, after a long and prosperous voyage,
directed his course towards his home in Holland. He was a
brave-hearted but rash man, and, on hearing of a certain
particularly dangerous cape, called Good Hope, he vowed that he
would double that cape, come what might, if it took all eternity.
Now the Sea-Spirit heard this vow, and laughed--for he loved well
to punish men for defying his power--and wove spells about the
ship, the captain, and the crew. From that day enchantment, lay
upon them, and they were doomed to traverse the seas
forever--trying always to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, and
failing at every trial. Long years passed, and Vanderdecken and his
crew were only kept from death by the Sea-Spirit, who condemned
them to sail forever. The unfortunate seaman had but one hope of
happiness and salvation: if a woman would give him her love, and
remain faithful to him until death, the spell would be lifted and
Vanderdecken freed. Every seven years he was allowed to cast anchor
and go on shore to search for the woman who would save him through
her love and fidelity. But, alas he could find none, and as the end
of every term...
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