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"A classic of American literature [and] the pioneer in South Sea romance."
– Arthur Stedman

Table Of Contents

TypeeIntroduction by John Bryant
Works Cited and Suggested for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Chapter 1
The Sea
Longing for Shore
A Land-sick Ship
Destination of the Voyagers
The Marquesas
Adventures of a Missionary’s Wife Among the Savages
Characteristic Anecdote of the Queen of Nukuheva

Chapter 2
Passage from the Cruising Ground to the Marquesas
Sleepy times aboard Ship
South Sea Scenery
Land ho!
The French Squadron discovered at Anchor in the Bay of Nukuheva
Strange Pilot
Escort of Canoes
A Flotilla of Cocoa-nuts
Swimming Visitors
The Dolly boarded by them
State of affairs that ensue

Chapter 3
Some Account of the late operations of the French at the Marquesas
Prudent Conduct of the Admiral
Sensation produced by the Arrival of the Strangers
The first Horse seen by the Islanders
Miserable Subterfuge of the French
Digression concerning Tahiti
Seizure of the Island by the Admiral
Spirited Conduct of an English Lady

Chapter 4
State of Affairs aboard the Ship
Contents of her Larder
Length of South Seamen’s Voyages
Account of a Flying Whaleman
Determination to Leave the Vessel
The Bay of Nukuheva
The Typees
Invasion of their Valley by Porter
Glen of Tior
Interview between the old King and the French Admiral

Chapter 5
Thoughts previous to attempting an Escape
Toby, a Fellow Sailor, agrees to share the Adventure
Last Night aboard the Ship

Chapter 6
A Specimen of Nautical Oratory
Criticisms of the Sailors
The Starboard Watch are given a Holiday
The Escape to the Mountains

Chapter 7
The other side of the Mountain
Inventory of Articles brought from the Ship
Division of the Stock of Bread
Appearance of the Interior of the Island
A Discovery
A Ravine and Waterfalls
A sleepless Night
Further Discoveries
My Illness
A Marquesan Landscape

Chapter 8
The Important Question, Typee or Happar?
A Wild-Goose Chace
My Suffering
Disheartening Situation
A Night in a Ravine
Morning Meal
Happy Idea of Toby
Journey towards the Valley

Chapter 9
Perilous Passage of the Ravine
Descent into the Valley

Chapter 10
The Head of the Valley
Cautions Advance
A Path
Discovery of Two of the Natives
Their singular Conduct
Approach towards the inhabited parts of the Vale
Sensation produced by our Appearance
Reception at the House of one of the Natives

Chapter 11
Midnight Reflections
Morning Visitors
A Warrior in Costume
A Savage Aesculapius
Practice of the Healing Art
Body Servant
A Dwelling-house of the Valley described
Portraits of its Inmates

Chapter 12
Officiousness of Kory-Kory
His Devotion
A Bath in the Stream
Want of Refinement of the Typee Damsels
Stroll with Mehvi
A Typee Highway
The Taboo Groves
The Hoolah-Hoolah Ground
The Ti
Timeworn Savages
Hospitality of Mehevi
Midnight Misgivings
Adventure in the Dark
Distinguished Honors paid to the Visitors
Strange Procession and Return to the House of Marheyo

Chapter 13
Attempt to procure Relief from Nukuheva
Perilous Adventure of Toby in the Happar Mountain
Eloquence of Kory-Kory

Chapter 14
A great Event happens in the Valley
The Island Telegraph
Something befalls Toby
Fayaway displays a tender Heart
Melancholy Reflections
Mysterious Conduct of the Islanders
Devotion of Kory-Kory
A rural Couch
A Luxury
Kory-Kory strikes a Light à la Typee

Chapter 15
Kindness of Marheyo and the rest of the Islanders
A full Description of the Bread-fruit Tree
Different Modes of preparing the Fruit

Chapter 16
Melancholy condition
Occurrence at the Ti
Anecdote of Marheyo
Shaving the Head of a Warrior

Chapter 17
Improvement in Health and Spirits
Felicity of the Typees
Their enjoyment compared with those of more enlightened Communities
Comparative Wickedness of civilized and unenlightened People
A Skirmish in the Mountain with the Warriors of Happar

Chapter 18
Swimming in company with the Girls of the Valley
A Canoe
Effects of the Taboo
A pleasure Excursion on the Pond
Beautiful freak of Fayaway
A Stranger arrives in the Valley
His mysterious conduct
Native Oratory
The Interview
Its Results
Departure of the Stranger

Chapter 19
Reflections after Marnoo’s Departure
Battle of the Pop-guns
Strange conceit of Marheyo
Process of making Tappa

Chapter 20
History of a day as usually spent in the Typee Valley
Dances of the Marquesan Girls

Chapter 21
The Spring of Arva Wai
Remarkable Monumental Remains
Some ideas with regard to the History of the Pi-Pis found in the Valley

Chapter 22
Preparations for a Grand Festival in the Valley
Strange doings in the Taboo Groves
Monument of Calabashes
Gala costume of the Typee damsels
Departure for the Festival

Chapter 23
The Feast of Calabashes

Chapter 24
Ideas suggested by the Feast of Calabashes
Inaccuracy of certain published Accounts of the Islands
A Reason
Neglected State of Heathenism in the Valley
Effigy of a dead Warrior
A singular Superstition
The Priest Kolory and the God Moa Artua
Amazing Religious Observance
A dilapidated Shrine
Kory-Kory and the Idol
An Inference

Chapter 25
General Information gathered at the Festival
Personal Beauty of the Typees
Their Superiority over the Inhabitants of the other Islands
Diversity of Complexion
A Vegetable Cosmetic and Ointment
Testimony of Voyagers to the uncommon Beauty of the Marquesans
Few Evidences of Intercourse with Civilized Beings
Dilapidated Musket
Primitive Simplicity of Government
Regal Dignity of Mehevi

Chapter 26
King Mehevi
Allusion to his Hawiian Majesty
Conduct of Marheyo and Mehevi in certain delicate matters
Peculiar system of Marriage
Number of Population
Places of Sepulture
Funeral obsequies at Nukuheva
Number of Inhabitants at Typee
Location of the Dwellings
Happiness enjoyed in the Valley
A Warning
Some ideas with regard to the Civilization of the Islands
Reference to the Present state of the Hawiians
Story of a Missionary’s Wife
Fashionable Equipages at Oahu

Chapter 27
The Social Condition and General Character of the Typees

Chapter 28
Fishing Parties
Mode of distributing the Fish
Midnight Banquet
Timekeeping Tapers
Unceremonious style of eating the Fish

Chapter 29
Natural History of the Valley
Golden Lizards
Tameness of the Birds
A solitary Cat
The Climate
The Cocoa-nut Tree
Singular modes of climbing it
An agile young Chief
Fearlessness of the Children
Too-Too and the Cocoa-nut Tree
The Birds of the Valley

Chapter 30
A Professor of the Fine Arts
His Persecutions
Something about Tattooing and Tabooing
Two Anecdotes in illustration of the latter
A few thoughts on the Typee Dialect

Chapter 31
Strange custom of the Islanders
Their Chanting, and the peculiarity of their Voice
Rapture of the King at first hearing a Song
A new Dignity conferred on the Author
Musical Instruments in the Valley
Admiration of the Savages at Beholding a Pugilistic Performance
Swimming Infant
Beautiful Tresses of the Girls
Ointment for the Hair

Chapter 32
Apprehensions of Evil
Frightful Discovery
Some remarks on Cannibalism
Second Battle with the Happars
Savage Spectacle
Mysterious Feast
Subsequent Disclosures

Chapter 33
The Stranger again arrives in the Valley
Singular Interview with him
Attempt to Escape
Melancholy Situation
Sympathy of Marheyo

Chapter 34
The Escape

Appendix: Provisional cession to Lord George Paulet of the Sandwich Islands
Sequel: The Story of Toby
Appendixes: List of Textual Expurgations; List of Textual Emendations
The Typee Manuscript: A Reading Text
Explanatory Notes

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