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A Message from the Sea

by Dickens Charles

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Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of synonyms and antonyms for difficult and often ambiguous English words that are encountered in other works of literature, conversation, or academic examinations. Extremely rare or idiosyncratic words and expressions are given lower priority in the notes compared to words which are ¿difficult, and often encountered¿ in examinations. Rather than supply a single synonym, many are provided for a variety of meanings, allowing readers to better grasp the ambiguity of the English language, and avoid using the notes as a pure crutch. Having the reader decipher a word's meaning within context serves to improve vocabulary retention and understanding. Each page... Read more

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...current set one way, day and night, night and day, and I drifted--drifted--drifted--out of all the ordinarytracks and courses of ships, and drifted yet, and yet drifted. Itbehooves a man who takes charge of fellow-critturs' lives, never to restfrom making himself master of his calling. I never did rest, andconsequently I knew pretty well ('specially looking over the side in thedead calm of that strong current) what dangers to expect, and whatprecautions to take against 'em. In short, we were driving head on to anisland. There was no island in the chart, and, therefore, you may say itwas ill-manners in the island to be there; I don't dispute its badbreeding, but there it was. Thanks be to Heaven, I was as ready for theisland as the island was ready for me. I made it out myself from themasthead, and I got enough way upon her in good time to keep her off. Iordered a boat to be lowered and manned, and went in that boat myself toexplore the island. There was a reef outside it, and, floating...

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