At high noon, with Van Horn, ever-attended by Jerry, standing for'ard and conning, the Arangi headed into the wind to thread the passage between two palm-tufted islets
. There was need for conning.
We can clearly see why all the inhabitants of an archipelago, though specifically distinct on the several islets
, should be closely related to each other, and likewise be related, but less closely, to those of the nearest continent or other source whence immigrants were probably derived.
In the height of the mountains which surround it, and in artificial accessories, it is inferior to the finest of the Swiss and Italian lakes, while in outline and purity of water it is fully their equal; and in the number and disposition of its isles and islets
much superior to them all together.
Suddenly the whole shadowy coast, the blurred islets
, the heaven itself, swayed about twice, then came to a rest.
The Torres Straits are nearly thirty-four leagues wide; but they are obstructed by an innumerable quantity of islands, islets
, breakers, and rocks, that make its navigation almost impracticable; so that Captain Nemo took all needful precautions to cross them.
His sisters had seen the family danger, and had never forgotten to discount the gold islets
that raised them from the sea.
To the left a group of barren islets
, suggesting ruins of stone walls, towers, and blockhouses, had its foundations set in a blue sea that itself looked solid, so still and stable did it lie below my feet; even the track of light from the west- ering sun shone smoothly, without that animated glitter which tells of an imperceptible ripple.
According to him there had been captains among these coves and islets
compared with whom Drake was practically a landsman.
Below some small masses of guano at Ascension, and on the Abrolhos Islets
, I found certain stalactitic branching bodies, formed apparently in the same manner as the thin white coating on these rocks.
1846; The Red Skins, 1846; The Crater (Marks Reef), 1847; Captain Spike, or the Islets
of the Gulf, 1848; Jack Tier, or the Florida Reefs, 1848; The Oak Openings, or the Bee-Hunter, 1848; The Sea Lions,
The scent of the spice islands was in his nostrils as he had known it on warm, breathless nights at sea, or he beat up against the southeast trades through long tropic days, sinking palm-tufted coral islets
in the turquoise sea behind and lifting palm-tufted coral islets
in the turquoise sea ahead.
At last, when the ship drew near to the outskirts, as it were, of the Equatorial fishing-ground, and in the deep darkness that goes before the dawn, was sailing by a cluster of rocky islets
; the watch --then headed by Flask --was startled by a cry so plaintively wild and unearthly --like half-articulated wailings of the ghosts of all Herod's murdered Innocents --that one and all, they started from their reveries, and for the space of some moments stood, or sat, or leaned all transfixedly listening, like the carved Roman slave, while that wild cry remained within hearing.