Sunday, October 3, 2010

L'Estrange: Two Enemies at Sea

There were two Enemies at Sea in the same Vessel, the one at the Ship’s Head, the other at the Stern. It blew a dreadful Storm, and when the Vessel was just ready to be swallow’d up, one of them ask’d the Master, which part of the Ship would be first under Water; so he told him the t’other End would sink first. Why then, says he, I shall have the Comfort of seeing my Enemy go before me.

'Tis a wretched Satisfcation, that a revengeful Man takes, even in the losing of his own Life, provided that his Enemy may go for Company.

Source: L'Estrange 94.

13th-century ship at sea (image source)

M0929 Perry068

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