360 Who is the third who walks always beside you?
361 When I count, there are only you and I together
362 But when I look ahead up the white road
363 There is always another one walking beside you
364 Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
365 I do not know whether a man or a woman
366 -- But who is that on the other side of you?
Sir Ernest Shackleton's South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Last
Expedition (1970; London, 1919; G 850 1914 .S5 Robarts Library), which
describes the first attempted crossing of the Antarctic continent from
sea to sea via the Pole. Shackleton says concerning their journey across
South Georgia (from Haakon Bay to Stromness Bay): "When I look back at
those days I do not doubt that Providence guided us, not only across those
snowfields, but also across the stormy-white sea which separated Elephant
Island from our landing place on South Georgia. I know that during that
long march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers
of South Georgia it often seemed to me that we were four, not three. And
Worsley and Crean had the same idea. One feels `the dearth of human words,
the roughness of mortal speech,' in trying to describe intangible things,
but a record of our journeys would be incomplete without reference to
a subject very near to our hearts" (125).
of The Waste Land
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