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Chapter Eleven


CHAPTER ELEVEN

MIDNIGHT REFLECTIONS--MORNING VISITORS--A WARRIOR IN COSTUME--A
SAVAGE AESCULAPIUS--PRACTICE OF THE HEALING ART--BODY SERVANT--A
DWELLING-HOUSE OF THE VALLEY DESCRIBED--PORTRAITS OF ITS INMATES

VARIOUS and conflicting were the thoughts which oppressed me
during the silent hours that followed the events related in the
preceding chapter.  Toby, wearied with the fatigues of the day,
slumbered heavily by my side; but the pain under which I was
suffering effectually prevented my sleeping, and I remained
distressingly alive to all the fearful circumstances of our
present situation.  Was it possible that, after all our
vicissitudes, we were really in the terrible valley of Typee, and
at the mercy of its inmates, a fierce and unrelenting tribe of
savages?  Typee or Happar?  I shuddered when I reflected that
there was no longer any room for doubt; and that, beyond all hope
of escape, we were now placed in those very circumstances from
the bare thought of which I had recoiled with such abhorrence but
a few days before.  What might not be our fearful destiny?  To be
sure, as yet we had been treated with no violence; nay, had been
even kindly and hospitably entertained.  But what dependence
could be placed upon the fickle passions which sway the bosom of
a savage?  His inconstancy and treachery are proverbial.  Might
it not be that beneath these fair appearances the islanders
covered some perfidious design, and that their friendly reception
of us might only precede some horrible catastrophe?  How strongly
did these forebodings spring up in my mind as I lay restlessly
upon a couch of mats surrounded by the dimly revealed forms of
those whom I so greatly dreaded!

From the excitement of these fearful thoughts I sank towards
morning into an uneasy slumber; and on awaking, with a start, in
the midst of an appalling dream, looked up into the eager
countenance of a number of the natives, who were bending over me.

It was broad day; and the house was nearly filled with young
females, fancifully decorated with flowers, who gazed upon me as
I rose with faces in which childish delight and curiosity were
vividly portrayed.  After waking Toby, they seated themselves
round us on the mats, and gave full play to that prying
inquisitiveness which time out of mind has been attributed to the
adorable sex.

As these unsophisticated young creatures were attended by no
jealous duennas, their proceedings were altogether informal, and
void of artificial restraint.  Long and minute was the
investigation with which they honoured us, and so uproarious
their mirth, that I felt infinitely sheepish; and Toby was
immeasurably outraged at their familiarity.

These lively young ladies were at the same time wonderfully
polite and humane; fanning aside the insects that occasionally
lighted on our brows; presenting us with food; and
compassionately regarding me in the midst of my afflictions.  But
in spite of all their blandishments, my feelings of propriety
were exceedingly shocked, for I could but consider them as having
overstepped the due limits of female decorum.

Having diverted themselves to their hearts' content, our young
visitants now withdrew, and gave place to successive troops of
the other sex, who continued flocking towards the house until
near noon; by which time I have no doubt that the greater part of
the inhabitants of the valley had bathed themselves in the light
of our benignant countenances.

At last, when their numbers began to diminish, a superb-looking
warrior stooped the towering plumes of his head-dress  beneath
the low portal, and entered the house.  I saw at once that he was
some distinguished personage, the natives regarding him with the
utmost deference, and making room for him as he approached.  His
aspect was imposing.  The splendid long drooping tail-feathers of
the tropical bird, thickly interspersed with the gaudy plumage of
the cock, were disposed in an immense upright semicircle upon his
head, their lower extremities being fixed in a crescent of
guinea-heads which spanned the forehead.  Around his neck were
several enormous necklaces of boar's tusks, polished like ivory,
and disposed in such a manner as that the longest and largest
were upon his capacious chest.  Thrust forward through the large
apertures in his ears were two small and finely-shaped sperm
whale teeth, presenting their cavities in front, stuffed with
freshly-plucked leaves, and curiously wrought at the other end
into strange little images and devices.  These barbaric trinkets,
garnished in this manner at their open extremities, and tapering
and curving round to a point behind the ear, resembled not a
little a pair of cornucopias.

The loins of the warrior were girt about with heavy folds of a
dark-coloured tappa, hanging before and behind in clusters of
braided tassels, while anklets and bracelets of curling human
hair completed his unique costume.  In his right hand he grasped
a beautifully carved paddle-spear, nearly fifteen feet in length,
made of the bright koar-wood, one end sharply pointed, and the
other flattened like an oar-blade.  Hanging obliquely from his
girdle by a loop of sinnate was a richly decorated pipe; the
slender reed forming its stem was coloured with a red pigment,
and round it, as well as the idol-bowl, fluttered little
streamers of the thinnest tappa.

But that which was most remarkable in the appearance of this
splendid islander was the elaborate tattooing displayed on every
noble limb.  All imaginable lines and curves and figures were
delineated over his whole body, and in their grotesque variety
and infinite profusion I could only compare them to the crowded
groupings of quaint patterns we sometimes see in costly pieces of
lacework.  The most simple and remarkable of all these ornaments
was that which decorated the countenance of the chief.  Two broad
stripes of tattooing, diverging from the centre of his shaven
crown, obliquely crossed both eyes--staining the lids--to a
little below each ear, where they united with another stripe
which swept in a straight line along the lips and formed the base
of the triangle.  The warrior, from the excellence of his
physical proportions, might certainly have been regarded as one
of Nature's noblemen, and the lines drawn upon his face may
possibly have denoted his exalted rank.

This warlike personage, upon entering the house, seated himself
at some distance from the spot where Toby and myself reposed,
while the rest of the savages looked alternately from us to him,
as if in expectation of something they were disappointed in not
perceiving.  Regarding the chief attentively, I thought his
lineaments appeared familiar to me.  As soon as his full face was
turned upon me, and I again beheld its extraordinary
embellishment, and met the strange gaze to which I had been
subjected the preceding night, I immediately, in spite of the
alteration in his appearance, recognized the noble Mehevi.  On
addressing him, he advanced at once in the most cordial manner,
and greeting me warmly, seemed to enjoy not a little the effect
his barbaric costume had produced upon me.

I forthwith determined to secure, if possible, the good-will of
this individual, as I easily perceived he was a man of great
authority in his tribe, and one who might exert a powerful
influence upon our subsequent fate.  In the endeavour I was not
repulsed; for nothing could surpass the friendliness he
manifested towards both my companion and myself.  He extended his
sturdy limbs by our side, and endeavoured to make us comprehend
the full extent of the kindly feelings by which he was actuated.  
The almost insuperable difficulty in communicating to one another
our ideas affected the chief with no little mortification.  He
evinced a great desire to be enlightened with regard to the
customs and peculiarities of the far-off country we had left
behind us, and to which under the name of Maneeka he frequently
alluded.

But that which more than any other subject engaged his attention
was the late proceedings of the 'Frannee' as he called the
French, in the neighbouring bay of Nukuheva.  This seemed a
never-ending theme with him, and one concerning which he was
never weary of interrogating us.  All the information we
succeeded in imparting to him on this subject was little more
than that we had seen six men-of-war lying in the hostile bay at
the time we had left it.  When he received this intelligence,
Mehevi, by the aid of his fingers, went through a long numerical
calculation, as if estimating the number of Frenchmen the
squadron might contain.

It was just after employing his faculties in this way that he
happened to notice the swelling in my limb.  He immediately
examined it with the utmost attention, and after doing so,
despatched a boy who happened to be standing by with some
message.

After the lapse of a few moments the stripling re-entered the
house with an aged islander, who might have been taken for old
Hippocrates himself.  His head was as bald as the polished
surface of a cocoanut shell, which article it precisely resembled
in smoothness and colour, while a long silvery beard swept almost
to his girdle of bark.  Encircling his temples was a bandeau of
the twisted leaves of the Omoo tree, pressed closely over the
brows to shield his feeble vision from the glare of the sun.  His
tottering steps were supported by a long slim staff, resembling
the wand with which a theatrical magician appears on the stage,
and in one hand he carried a freshly plaited fan of the green
leaflets of the cocoanut tree.  A flowing robe of tappa, knotted
over the shoulder, hung loosely round his stooping form, and
heightened the venerableness of his aspect.

Mehevi, saluting this old gentleman, motioned him to a seat
between us, and then uncovering my limb, desired him to examine
it.  The leech gazed intently from me to Toby, and then proceeded
to business.  After diligently observing the ailing member, he
commenced manipulating it; and on the supposition probably that
the complaint had deprived the leg of all sensation, began to
pinch and hammer it in such a manner that I absolutely roared
with pain.  Thinking that I was as capable of making an
application of thumps and pinches to the part as any one else, I
endeavoured to resist this species of medical treatment.  But it
was not so easy a matter to get out of the clutches of the old
wizard; he fastened on the unfortunate limb as if it were
something for which he had been long seeking, and muttering some
kind of incantation continued his discipline, pounding it after a
fashion that set me well nigh crazy; while Mehevi, upon the same
principle which prompts an affectionate mother to hold a
struggling child in a dentist's chair, restrained me in his
powerful grasp, and actually encouraged the wretch in this
infliction of torture.

Almost frantic with rage and pain, I yelled like a bedlamite;
while Toby, throwing himself into all the attitudes of a
posture-master, vainly endeavoured to expostulate with the
natives by signs and gestures.  To have looked at my companion,
as, sympathizing with my sufferings, he strove to put an end to
them, one would have thought that he was the deaf and dumb
alphabet incarnated.  Whether my tormentor yielded to Toby's
entreaties, or paused from sheer exhaustion, I do not know; but
all at once he ceased his operations, and at the same time the
chief relinquishing his hold upon me, I fell back, faint and
breathless with the agony I had endured.

My unfortunate limb was now left much in the same condition as a
rump-steak after undergoing the castigating process which
precedes cooking.  My physician, having recovered from the
fatigues of his exertions, as if anxious to make amends for the
pain to which he had subjected me, now took some herbs out of a
little wallet that was suspended from his waist, and moistening
them in water, applied them to the inflamed part, stooping over
it at the same time, and either whispering a spell, or having a
little confidential chat with some imaginary demon located in the
calf of my leg.  My limb was now swathed in leafy bandages, and
grateful to Providence for the cessation of hostilities, I was
suffered to rest.

Mehevi shortly after rose to depart; but before he went he spoke
authoritatively to one of the natives whom he addressed as
Kory-Kory; and from the little I could understand of what took
place, pointed him out to me as a man whose peculiar business
thenceforth would be to attend upon my person.  I am not certain
that I comprehended as much as this at the time, but the
subsequent conduct of my trusty body-servant fully assured me
that such must have been the case.

I could not but be amused at the manner in which the chief
addressed me upon this occasion, talking to me for at least
fifteen or twenty minutes as calmly as if I could understand
every word that he said.  I remarked this peculiarity very often
afterwards in many other of the islanders.

Mehevi having now departed, and the family physician having
likewise made his exit, we were left about sunset with ten or
twelve natives, who by this time I had ascertained composed the
household of which Toby and I were members.  As the dwelling to
which we had been first introduced was the place of my permanent
abode while I remained in the valley, and as I was necessarily
placed upon the most intimate footing with its occupants, I may
as well here enter into a little description of it and its
inhabitants.  This description will apply also to nearly all the
other dwelling-places in the vale, and will furnish some idea of
the generality of the natives.

Near one side of the valley, and about midway up the ascent of a
rather abrupt rise of ground waving with the richest verdure, a
number of large stones were laid in successive courses, to the
height of nearly eight feet, and disposed in such a manner that
their level surface corresponded in shape with the habitation
which was perched upon it.  A narrow space, however, was reserved
in front of the dwelling, upon the summit of this pile of stones
(called by the natives a 'pi-pi'), which being enclosed by a
little picket of canes, gave it somewhat the appearance of a
verandah.  The frame of the house was constructed of large
bamboos planted uprightly, and secured together at intervals by
transverse stalks of the light wood of the habiscus, lashed with
thongs of bark.  The rear of the tenement--built up with
successive ranges of cocoanut boughs bound one upon another, with
their leaflets cunningly woven together--inclined a little from
the vertical, and extended from the extreme edge of the 'pi-pi'
to about twenty feet from its surface; whence the shelving
roof--thatched with the long tapering leaves of the
palmetto--sloped steeply off to within about five feet of the
floor; leaving the eaves drooping with tassel-like appendages
over the front of the habitation.  This was constructed of light
and elegant canes in a kind of open screenwork, tastefully
adorned with bindings of variegated sinnate, which served to hold
together its various parts.  The sides of the house were
similarly built; thus presenting three quarters for the
circulation of the air, while the whole was impervious to the
rain.

In length this picturesque building was perhaps twelve yards,
while in breadth it could not have exceeded as many feet.  So
much for the exterior; which, with its wire-like reed-twisted
sides, not a little reminded me of an immense aviary.

Stooping a little, you passed.  through a narrow aperture in its
front; and facing you, on entering, lay two long, perfectly
straight, and well-polished trunks of the cocoanut tree,
extending the full length of the dwelling; one of them placed
closely against the rear, and the other lying parallel with it
some two yards distant, the interval between them being spread
with a multitude of gaily-worked mats, nearly all of a different
pattern.  This space formed the common couch and lounging place
of the natives, answering the purpose of a divan in Oriental
countries.  Here would they slumber through the hours of the
night, and recline luxuriously during the greater part of the
day.  The remainder of the floor presented only the cool shining
surfaces of the large stones of which the 'pi-pi' was composed.

From the ridge-pole of the house hung suspended a number of large
packages enveloped in coarse tappa; some of which contained
festival dresses, and various other matters of the wardrobe, held
in high estimation.  These were easily accessible by means of a
line, which, passing over the ridge-pole, had one end attached to
a bundle, while with the other, which led to the side of the
dwelling and was there secured, the package could be lowered or
elevated at pleasure.

Against the farther wall of the house were arranged in tasteful
figures a variety of spears and javelins, and other implements of
savage warfare.  Outside of the habitation, and built upon the
piazza-like area in its front, was a little shed used as a sort
of larder or pantry, and in which were stored various articles of
domestic use and convenience.  A few yards from the pi-pi was a
large shed built of cocoanut boughs, where the process of
preparing the 'poee-poee' was carried on, and all culinary
operations attended to.

Thus much for the house, and its appurtenances; and it will be
readily acknowledged that a more commodious and appropriate
dwelling for the climate and the people could not possibly be
devised.  It was cool, free to admit the air, scrupulously clean,
and elevated above the dampness and impurities of the ground.

But now to sketch the inmates; and here I claim for my tried
servitor and faithful valet Kory-Kory the precedence of a first
description.  As his character will be gradually unfolded in the
course of my narrative, I shall for the present content myself
with delineating his personal appearance.  Kory-Kory, though the
most devoted and best natured serving-man in the world, was,
alas!  a hideous object to look upon.  He was some twenty-five
years of age, and about six feet in height, robust and well made,
and of the most extraordinary aspect.  His head was carefully
shaven with the exception of two circular spots, about the size
of a dollar, near the,top of the cranium, where the hair,
permitted to grow of an amazing length, was twisted up in two
prominent knots, that gave him the appearance of being decorated
with a pair of horns.  His beard, plucked out by the root from
every other part of his face, was suffered to droop in hairy
pendants, two of which garnished his under lip, and an equal
number hung from the extremity of his chin.

Kory-Kory, with a view of improving the handiwork of nature, and
perhaps prompted by a desire to add to the engaging expression of
his countenance, had seen fit to embellish his face with three
broad longitudinal stripes of tattooing, which, like those
country roads that go straight forward in defiance of all
obstacles, crossed his nasal organ, descended into the hollow of
his eyes, and even skirted the borders of his mouth.  Each
completely spanned his physiognomy; one extending in a line with
his eyes, another crossing the face in the vicinity of the nose,
and the third sweeping along his lips from ear to ear.  His
countenance thus triply hooped, as it were, with tattooing,
always reminded me of those unhappy wretches whom I have
sometimes observed gazing out sentimentally from behind the
grated bars of a prison window; whilst the entire body of my
savage valet, covered all over with representations of birds and
fishes, and a variety of most unaccountable-looking creatures,
suggested to me the idea of a pictorial museum of natural
history, or an illustrated copy of 'Goldsmith's Animated Nature.'

But it seems really heartless in me to write thus of the poor
islander, when I owe perhaps to his unremitting attentions the
very existence I now enjoy.  Kory-Kory, I mean thee no harm in
what I say in regard to thy outward adornings; but they were a
little curious to my unaccustomed sight, and therefore I dilate
upon them.  But to underrate or forget thy faithful services is
something I could never be guilty of, even in the giddiest moment
of my life.

The father of my attached follower was a native of gigantic
frame, and had once possessed prodigious physical powers; but the
lofty form was now yielding to the inroads of time, though the
hand of disease seemed never to have been laid upon the aged
warrior.  Marheyo--for such was his name--appeared to have
retired from all active participation in the affairs of the
valley, seldom or never accompanying the natives in their various
expeditions; and employing the greater part of his time in
throwing up a little shed just outside the house, upon which he
was engaged to my certain knowledge for four months, without
appearing to make any sensible advance.  I suppose the old
gentleman was in his dotage, for he manifested in various ways
the characteristics which mark this particular stage of life.

I remember in particular his having a choice pair of
ear-ornaments, fabricated from the teeth of some sea-monster.  
These he would alternately wear and take off at least fifty times
in the course of the day, going and coming from his little hut on
each occasion with all the tranquillity imaginable.  Sometimes
slipping them through the slits in his ears, he would seize his
spear--which in length and slightness resembled a
fishing-pole--and go stalking beneath the shadows of the
neighbouring groves, as if about to give a hostile meeting to
some cannibal knight.  But he would soon return again, and hiding
his weapon under the projecting eaves of the house, and rolling
his clumsy trinkets carefully in a piece of tappa, would resume
his more pacific operations as quietly as if he had never
interrupted them.

But despite his eccentricities, Marheyo was a most paternal and
warm-hearted old fellow, and in this particular not a little
resembled his son Kory-Kory.  The mother of the latter was the
mistress of the family, and a notable housewife, and a most
industrious old lady she was.  If she did not understand the art
of making jellies, jams, custard, tea-cakes, and such like trashy
affairs, she was profoundly skilled in the mysteries of preparing
'amar', 'poee-poee', and 'kokoo', with other substantial matters.

She was a genuine busy-body; bustling about the house like a
country landlady at an unexpected arrival; for ever giving the
young girls tasks to perform, which the little hussies as often
neglected; poking into every corner, and rummaging over bundles
of old tappa, or making a prodigious clatter among the
calabashes.  Sometimes she might have been seen squatting upon
her haunches in front of a huge wooden basin, and kneading
poee-poee with terrific vehemence, dashing the stone pestle about
as if she would shiver the vessel into fragments; on other
occasions, galloping about the valley in search of a particular
kind of leaf, used in some of her recondite operations, and
returning home, toiling and sweating, with a bundle of it, under
which most women would have sunk.

To tell the truth, Kory-Kory's mother was the only industrious
person in all the valley of Typee; and she could not have
employed herself more actively had she been left an exceedingly
muscular and destitute widow, with an inordinate ate supply of
young children, in the bleakest part of the civilized world.  
There was not the slightest necessity for the greater portion of
the labour performed by the old lady: but she seemed to work from
some irresistible impulse; her limbs continually swaying to and
fro, as if there were some indefatigable engine concealed within
her body which kept her in perpetual motion.

Never suppose that she was a termagant or a shrew for all this;
she had the kindliest heart in the world, and acted towards me in
particular in a truly maternal manner, occasionally putting some
little morsel of choice food,into my hand, some outlandish kind
of savage sweetmeat or pastry, like a doting mother petting a
sickly urchin with tarts and sugar plums.  Warm indeed are my
remembrances of the dear, good, affectionate old Tinor!

Besides the individuals I have mentioned, there belonged to the
household three young men, dissipated, good-for-nothing,
roystering blades of savages, who were either employed in
prosecuting love affairs with the maidens of the tribe, or grew
boozy on 'arva' and tobacco in the company of congenial spirits,
the scapegraces of the valley.

Among the permanent inmates of the house were likewise several
lovely damsels, who instead of thrumming pianos and reading
hovels, like more enlightened young ladies, substituted for these
employments the manufacture of a fine species of tappa; but for
the greater portion of the time were skipping from house to
house, gadding and gossiping with their acquaintances.

From the rest of these, however, I must except the beauteous
nymph Fayaway, who was my peculiar favourite.  Her free pliant
figure was the very perfection of female grace and beauty.  Her
complexion was a rich and mantling olive, and when watching the
glow upon her cheeks I could almost swear that beneath the
transparent medium there lurked the blushes of a faint vermilion.

The face of this girl was a rounded oval, and each feature as
perfectly formed as the heart or imagination of man could desire.

Her full lips, when parted with a smile, disclosed teeth of
dazzling whiteness and when her rosy mouth opened with a burst of
merriment, they looked like the milk-white seeds of the 'arta,' a
fruit of the valley, which, when cleft in twain, shows them
reposing in rows on each side, imbedded in the red and juicy
pulp.  Her hair of the deepest brown, parted irregularly in the
middle, flowed in natural ringlets over her shoulders, and
whenever she chanced to stoop, fell over and hid from view her
lovely bosom.  Gazing into the depths of her strange blue eyes,
when she was in a contemplative mood, they seemed most placid yet
unfathomable; but when illuminated by some lively emotion, they
beamed upon the beholder like stars.  The hands of Fayaway were
as soft and delicate as those of any countess; for an entire
exemption from rude labour marks the girlhood and even prime of a
Typee woman's life.  Her feet, though wholly exposed, were as
diminutive and fairly shaped as those which peep from beneath the
skirts of a Lima lady's dress.  The skin of this young creature,
from continual ablutions and the use of mollifying ointments, was
inconceivably smooth and soft.

I may succeed, perhaps, in particularizing some of the individual
features of Fayaway's beauty, but that general loveliness of
appearance which they all contributed to produce I will not
attempt to describe.  The easy unstudied graces of a child of
nature like this, breathing from infancy an atmosphere of
perpetual summer, and nurtured by the simple fruits of the earth;
enjoying a perfect freedom from care and anxiety, and removed
effectually from all injurious tendencies, strike the eye in a
manner which cannot be pourtrayed.  This picture is no fancy
sketch; it is drawn from the most vivid recollections of the
person delineated.

Were I asked if the beauteous form of Fayaway was altogether free
from the hideous blemish of tattooing, I should be constrained to
answer that it was not.  But the practitioners of the barbarous
art, so remorseless in their inflictions upon the brawny limbs of
the warriors of the tribe, seem to be conscious that it needs not
the resources of their profession to augment the charms of the
maidens of the vale.

The females are very little embellished in this way, and Fayaway,
and all the other young girls of her age, were even less so than
those of their sex more advanced in years.  The reason of this
peculiarity will be alluded to hereafter.  All the tattooing that
the nymph in question exhibited upon her person may be easily
described.  Three minute dots, no bigger than pin-heads,
decorated each lip, and at a little distance were not at all
discernible.  Just upon the fall of the shoulder were drawn two
parallel lines half an inch apart, and perhaps three inches in
length, the interval being filled with delicately executed
figures.  These narrow bands of tattooing, thus placed, always
reminded me of those stripes of gold lace worn by officers in
undress, and which are in lieu of epaulettes to denote their
rank.

Thus much was Fayaway tattooed.  The audacious hand which had
gone so far in its desecrating work stopping short, apparently
wanting the heart to proceed.

But I have omitted to describe the dress worn by this nymph of
the valley.

Fayaway--I must avow the fact--for the most part clung to the
primitive and summer garb of Eden.  But how becoming the costume!

It showed her fine figure to the best possible advantage; and
nothing could have been better adapted to her peculiar style of
beauty.  On ordinary occasions she was habited precisely as I
have described the two youthful savages whom we had met on first
entering the valley.  At other times, when rambling among the
groves, or visiting at the houses of her acquaintances, she wore
a tunic of white tappa, reaching from her waist to a little below
the knees; and when exposed for any length of time to the sun,
she invariably protected herself from its rays by a floating
mantle of--the same material, loosely gathered about the person.  
Her gala dress will be described hereafter.

As the beauties of our own land delight in bedecking themselves
with fanciful articles of jewellery, suspending them from their
ears, hanging them about their necks, and clasping them around
their wrists; so Fayaway and her companions were in the habit of
ornamenting themselves with similar appendages.

Flora was their jeweller.  Sometimes they wore necklaces of small
carnation flowers, strung like rubies upon a fibre of tappa, or
displayed in their ears a single white bud, the stem thrust
backward through the aperture, and showing in front the delicate
petals folded together in a beautiful sphere, and looking like a
drop of the purest pearl.  Chaplets too, resembling in their
arrangement the strawberry coronal worn by an English peeress,
and composed of intertwined leaves and blossoms, often crowned
their temples; and bracelets and anklets of the same tasteful
pattern were frequently to be seen.  Indeed, the maidens of the
island were passionately fond of flowers, and never wearied of
decorating their persons with them; a lovely trait in their
character, and one that ere long will be more fully alluded to.

Though in my eyes, at least, Fayaway was indisputably the
loveliest female I saw in Typee, yet the description I have given
of her will in some measure apply to nearly all the youthful
portion of her sex in the valley.  Judge ye then, reader, what
beautiful creatures they must have been.


Herman Melville