By John Steinbeck
A STANDOUT within the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and likely so as to add a brand new size to the typical notion of this all-American author. Steinbeck?s first novel and sole paintings of old fiction comprises issues that resonate through the author?s prodigious physique of work.
From the mid-1650s during the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of mythical viciousness, governed the Spanish major. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and the US, remarkable terror at any place he went. And he had riding goals: to own the attractive lady referred to as l. a. Santa Roja, and to overcome Panama, the "cup of gold."
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Shandy took a deep breath and then let it out. " He smiled nervously at her. "Something like lamprey eels, I gather; or leeches. " "God help us," she said softly. And Mate Care-For too, thought Shandy. With a lot of impressive swishing and spraying of sand and audible grunts of effort, Friend came waddling and arm-swinging over to them. "That's … enough, Elizabeth," he panted. " He mopped his forehead with a lacy handkerchief. " "Herbs and greens and black bread," she sighed. "Plain but wholesome," pronounced Friend.
Venner must regard the upcoming enterprise as at least a regrettable strain, and if Shandy was going to hide ashore until the Jenny and the Carmichael had left, and then re-emerge and wait for the arrival of the new governor from England, a partner who knew the island and its customs would be valuable indeed. Mr. Bird had picked up one of the blocks and was shambling along behind them, peering around suspiciously. Shandy was about to ask Venner to meet him after this job was finished, to discuss some pragmatic applications of his philosophy, but he heard a scuffing from up the slope and turned to see who was approaching.
Shandy shrugged, a little irritably. " He decided not even to try to tell her about the man he'd seen down the beach one night. The man's pockets had all been torn open, and he didn't speak because his jaw was bound up in a cloth that was knotted over his head. As he had walked past Shandy, Shandy had noticed that his coat was sewn shut rather than buttoned. There was no point in telling her about it, or what he'd later learned about people who were dressed that way. She dismissed the subject with an impatient wave.
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