Voyage de Siam par l’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 XIV

Esteemed Readers, we are almost at the Cape of Capricorn…but some unpredictable obstacles don’t allow us to arrive there yet. Stay calm, the crew is working out the situation.Treat yourselves with the crew biscuits. 🙂

Aboard the Oiseau, 17 May 1685

“A miracle has happened! The altitude is 33 degrees 4 minutes. When we sail another degree up we will move to the East as the Cape of Capricorn is at the level of 34 degrees. The sea is becoming more cruel: there are more waves that means that sometimes she is like a valley between two snow white mountains of foam. At first it seemed amazing but when in a moment it reappeared on the humble horizon as a mountain it did not calm down: Mirabiles elations maris. The fregate sails rather swiftly: we don’t lose sight of it any more. It is a mutual pleasure: if the Oiseau enjoys watches the Maligne, the Maligne is trying to watch the Oiseau. We don’t need each other yet but it is significant to have a good neighbour…”

Aboard the Oiseau, 21 May 1685

“This morning I have had to visit the ship holds. It is a big country: the sheep are there, the pigs are here; the water is on one side, the wine etc. is on the other. We have found some salted beef tongues & some good wines in the bilge. I tried a crew biscuit & found it very delicious no matter I was very captious.We begin caulking our longboat & the row-boat. We will need them at the Cape. The wind is opposite, it moves us back to France…”

Aboard the Oiseau, 22 May 1685

“Either it is quiet or it is windy but in the direction opposite to the Cape, so we have not sailed more than two lieues from here. We are forming a study group just to entertain ourselves. The sea is still: either sailing directions are wrong or the weather is changeable. I’m to begin to learn the Siamese. I’m longing for it but in the worst case I will give it up. Messire the Ambassador convinced me saying that is would be more pleasant to speak directly with the King of Siam without an interpreter. That is the matter. I thought it would create difficulties for my Portuguese that run good but my considerations were wrong: the Siamese has no connection with any European language. Moreover I have made a mistake not to have enough time for it before. Maybe I’ going to try something impossible: we shall see…”

Dieu Vous Ait en Sa Sainte Garde,

Vostre l’Abbé de Choisy ”

Voyage, part I:

Voyage, part II:

Voyage, part III:

Voyage,part IV:

Voyage, part V:

Voyage, part VI:

Voyage, part VII:

Voyage, part VIII:

Voyage, part IX:

Voyage, part X:

Voyage, part XI:

Voyage, part XII:

Voyage, part XIII:

Image: Aubusson, tapestry.

Maria KethuProfumo


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12 Responses to Voyage de Siam par l’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 XIV

  1. Yes. To learn Siamese one should have begun long before now. Pass a crew biscuit, please.

  2. fulvialuna1 says:

    Che tratto interessante!

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