A Message From the Sea

Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,122 / 41 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.2
LoC Category: PR
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Genre: Nautical
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s well to be on the safe side, sir," replied Tom.

"Safe side!" repeated the captain, laughing. "You'd guard against a sun-stroke, with that old hat, in an Ice Pack. Wa'al! What have you made out at the Post-office?"

"It is the Post-office, sir."

"What's the Post-office?" said the captain.

"The name, sir. The name keeps the Post-office."

"A coincidence!" said the captain. "A lucky bit! Show me where it is. Good-bye, shipmates, for the present! I shall come and have another look at you, afore I leave, this afternoon."

This was addressed to all there, but especially the young fisherman; so all there acknowledged it, but especially the young fisherman. "He's a sailor!" said one to another, as they looked after the captain moving away. That he was; and so outspeaking was the sailor in him, that although his dress had nothing nautical about it, with the single exception of its colour, but was a suit of a shore-going shape and form, too long in the sleeves and too short in the legs, and to

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(1814) Mystery (Search) / Short story (From collection)


From the 1894, Chapman and Hall ]Christmas Stories'.


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Plot bullets


  • A Sea captain finds a bottle. In it is a note that may change the lives of several people.

  • It is not a treasure map, but a confession of past criminal deeds from a stranded, dying man.

  • It may be, if the wise and persistent sea captain has anything to do with it, not the ruin of two brothers and their families, but their deliverance.

  • Confession is good for the soul, and from any quarter, even if via 'A Message From the Sea'.



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