"...before I could come to any conclusion it occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be mere futility." p 40.
"The rest of the world was nowhere, as far as our eyes and ears were concerned. Just no where. Gone, disappeared, swept off without leaving a whisper or shadow behind." p. 41
"They [the black crew members] still belonged to the beginning of time." p 42.
"The glimpse of the steamboat had for some reason filled those savages with unrestrained grief." p 44.