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By Herman Melville

A brief tale from the vintage Shorts assortment: The satisfied Failure by way of Herman Melville

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In another bed lay three children, side by side: three more pale faces. ” At a word, the cock strode behind the screen, and perched himself on the children’s bed. All their wasted eyes gazed at him with a wild and spiritual delight. They seemed to sun themselves in the radiant plumage of the cock. ” said Merrymusk. “This is Dr. ” We retired from the sick ones, and I reseated myself again, lost in thought, over this strange household. ” said I. “And I don’t think you a fool, and never did. ” said I, modestly seeking to turn the conversation.

The children seemed to second his endeavors. Far, deep, intense longings for release transfigured them into spirits before my eyes. I saw angels where they lay. They were dead. The cock shook his plumage over them. The cock crew. It was now like a Bravo! like a Hurrah ! like a Three-times-three! hip! hip! He strode out of the shanty. I followed. He flew upon the apex of the dwelling, spread wide his wings, sounded one supernatural note, and dropped at my feet. CO C K- A - D O O D L E - D O O ! // 31 The cock was dead.

26 \\ H E R M A N M E LV I L L E “Crow,” cried Merrymusk. The cock threw himself into a posture. The roof jarred. “Does not this disturb Mrs. ” The roof jarred. ” said I. “The cock is a glorious cock, with a glorious voice, but not exactly the sort of thing for a sick chamber, one would suppose. ” “Don’t you like it? Don’t it do you good? Ain’t it inspiring? don’t it impart pluck? ” “All true,” said I, removing my hat with profound humility before the brave spirit disguised in the base coat. ” I leaped from my chair.

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