Action and Adventure await the reader as you travel on the high seas.That Bella Waldron should have felt sad, and her night's rest have been disturbed in consequence,
was, in the circumstances, most natural. For one cannot suppose that any young girl leaves her home,
her mother, and her country without much grief and perturbation; without tears and sorrow and heavy
sighs, as well as tremendous fears that she may never return to,nor see, them again. And such is what
Bella was about to do when this particular night should have come to an end: she was about to
traverse not one ocean, but two; to pass from a life that, if not luxurious, was at least comfortable, to
another which, if more brilliant, would undoubtedly be strange, and, consequently, not easily to be
adopted at first. In fact, to go from one side of the world to the other.
Yet, all the same, it was singular that, between her intervals of weeping and sobbing, and when
she had at last cried herself to sleep, she should have been tormented with such frightful dreams as
those which came to her. Dreams of horrors that in their weirdness became almost ludicrous, or
would have been ludicrous to those who, knowing of them, did not happen to be experiencing them.
Thus, the idea of a crocodile regarding one with a glittering eye from its ambush in the sand, seems for some reason, in our waking moments, to conjure up a comical sense of terror--perhaps because of
the 'glittering eye'; yet there was nothing comical about it to the mind of Bella as she awoke with a
shriek from her sleep after the vision of the creature had had momentary existence in the cells of her
brain. And, even when she was thoroughly awakened and knew that she had only been suffering from
a bad dream, she still shuddered at the recollection, and muttered, 'It appeared as if it was creeping
towards me to seize me with its horrid jaws! Oh, it was dreadful!'