The Monikins by James Fenimore Cooper

By James Fenimore Cooper

''A pleasant, funny, Swiftian satire, The Monikins tells of the mores of a society of polar monkeys in the course of the Gulliver-esque travels of Sir John Goldencalf, Esquire.''--P. [4] of cover.

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He tore off the board covering the sprucewood box and took a last look at the face of the expired woman. As he laced her stiffened fingers for her eternal rest he noticed that the gold wedding band which for so many years he had been accustomed to kissing, thinking of it as virtually a part of her like a bone or a joint, grown into the skin of the slim hand—he saw that the ring had been torn from her finger along with the dead skin, for she had evidently refused to part with it voluntarily. The discolored, clotted wound could be seen in the place where the ring had once been.

Cezary did not ask where his mother got the money to pay for the fish and the caviar. He missed his bread and fruit, but consoled himself with the certainty that the revolution was experiencing these shortages only temporarily. In the meantime fish and caviar consumed three times a day without any variation began to affect everyone’s health. And what of Baryka’s mother! She did not eat; she grew thinner by the day and did not sleep at all. While the young adherent of the revolution now spent entire days away from home observing manifestations of social upheaval, and in fact gathering endless amusing anecdotes, since one group of people was going from draw35 The Coming Spring ing room to cellar, while another went from cellar to drawing room—during this time his mother was garnering supplies.

Cezary made sure that the “current account” did not molder in the bank. He tried everything that popped into his head. His mother acquiesced to it all, or rather she had to accept whatever he dictated. And so he rode on land and on sea, and even in the air. It could not be said that he did not study at all or even that he studied poorly. For instance, he liked music and played a great deal both during and outside his lessons. He read a multitude of various kinds of books. He graduated from one class to the next, one way or another making up for the lack of systematic and organized studies of the kind 26 Houses of Glass he had pursued while his father was around and he had to put his nose to the grindstone day in, day out and do everything, “to the last accent” as the Russians said.

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