The captain had been telling how, in one of his Arctic voyages, it was
so cold that the mate's shadow froze fast to the deck and had to be ripped
loose by main strength. And even then he got only about two-thirds of
Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we'd all have frozen
Illustration by A. B. Frost from first edition
Following the Equator
Winter is begun here, now, I suppose. It blew part of the hair off the dog
yesterday & got the rest this morning.
- letter to Chatto and Windus, October 21, 1892. Published in The Fence Painter, Winter, 2004.
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