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Cape of Good Hope


"It came all the way from Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope," Hannah told her.
Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  a point of land in southwestern South Africa
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Commonly thought of as the southern tip of Africa because it is close to the southern tip and when traveling around the tip of the continent on the west side, it marks the point where one begins to travel more eastward than southward.
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  • "It came all the way from Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope," Hannah told her.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Cape of Good Hope, do they call ye?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the Cape of Good Hope exhibit, I learned much about the processes of mining diamonds.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Would he double the Cape of Good Hope, then Cape Horn, and push on to the Antarctic pole?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • The inhabitants of the Cape of Good Hope use it to poison the springs where wild animals assemble to quench their thirst; and they thus slaughter an immense number of the creatures for the sake of their hides.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • One was the British consul at Suez, who, despite the prophecies of the English Government, and the unfavourable predictions of Stephenson, was in the habit of seeing, from his office window, English ships daily passing to and fro on the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope was abridged by at least a half.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • We had a very prosperous gale, till we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, where we landed for fresh water; but discovering a leak, we unshipped our goods and wintered there; for the captain falling sick of an ague, we could not leave the Cape till the end of March.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He went to the Gallapagos, a horrid dry place on the Equator, where he was nearly baked to death; he went to the Georgia Islands, the Orkneys, Emerald Island, Little Nightingale Island, Gough’s Island, Bouvet’s Island, the Crossets, and even to a little speck of an island south of the Cape of Good Hope.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Lady Southdown wrote it off to her other daughter at the Cape of Good Hope.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They had both seen and suffered a great deal; and if the vessel had sailed from Surinam to Japan, by the Cape of Good Hope, the subject of moral and natural evil would have enabled them to entertain one another during the whole voyage.
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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  • From the Brazils, we made directly over the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope, having a tolerable good voyage, steering for the most part S.E. We were on a trading voyage, and had a supercargo on board, who was to direct all the ship’s motions after she arrived at the Cape, only being limited to a certain number of days, for stay, by charter party, at the several ports she was to go to.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I did not yet know that the real history of our country was not to be found in standard British textbooks, which claimed South Africa began with the landing of Jan Van Riebeeck at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • London reached, the travellers alight, the old housekeeper in great tribulation and confusion, Mrs. Bagnet quite fresh and collected—as she would be if her next point, with no new equipage and outfit, were the Cape of Good Hope, the Island of Ascension, Hong Kong, or any other military station.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I remember it, because poor Phillips, who was of the party, as soon as the allusion to reading was made, told a story of something which happened at the Cape of Good Hope on Nolan’s first voyage; and it is the only thing I ever knew of that voyage.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • The gut that has slithered past my fingers like this in the African night would by now reach the Cape of Good Hope, and I have yet to see the serpent’s head.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The natives called it the tablecloth, probably from some such reason as the dwellers in the Cape of Good Hope call their mountain Table Mountain, and their roads Table Bay.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The starlings, warblers, finches, and swallows had come from Northern Europe, the Baltic, and Scandinavia, and were about to cross to Africa, to the deserts and the savannahs, the Congo, and the Cape of Good Hope.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Then he knew that they had rounded the cape of good hope, and he took her large, soft hand again and covered it with forlorn little kisses, first the hard metacarpus, the long, discerning fingers, the diaphanous nails, and then the hieroglyphics of her destiny on her perspiring palm.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • …All these separations and gaps shall be taken up and hook’d and link’d together, The whole earth, this cold, impassive, voiceless earth, shall be completely Justified, Trinitas divine shall be gloriously accomplish’d and compacted by the true son of God, the poet, (He shall indeed pass the straits and conquer the mountains, He shall double the cape of Good Hope to some purpose,) Nature and Man shall be disjoin’d and diffused no more, The true son of God shall absolutely fuse them.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "And once we’re at the Cape of Good Hope?" the Canadian asked with typical persistence.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He might have carried him round by the way of the Cape of Good Hope.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • For by a Portuguese Catholic priest, this very idea of Jonah’s going to Nineveh via the Cape of Good Hope was advanced as a signal magnification of the general miracle.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • (AS TOLD AT THE GOLDEN INN) The Cape of Good Hope, and all the watery region round about there, is much like some noted four corners of a great highway, where you meet more travellers than in any other part.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "The thought of how hideously fast the Nautilus will need to go, if it’s to double the Cape of Good Hope, circle around Africa, and lie in the open Mediterranean by the day after tomorrow."
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But meeting a trade-wind two days after I came on board him, we sailed southward a long time, and coasting New Holland, kept our course west-south-west, and then south-south-west, till we doubled the Cape of Good Hope.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I figure that after visiting these unusual waterways of Arabia and Egypt, the Nautilus will go back down to the Indian Ocean, perhaps through Mozambique Channel, perhaps off the Mascarene Islands, and then make for the Cape of Good Hope.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Besides, this idea of Jonah’s weathering the Cape of Good Hope at so early a day would wrest the honour of the discovery of that great headland from Bartholomew Diaz, its reputed discoverer, and so make modern history a liar.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • We sailed with a fair wind to the Cape of Good Hope, where we staid only to take in fresh water.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • A few sailing ships, laden for the East Indies, were heading toward the Cape of Good Hope.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "Yes, yes, round the Cape of Good Hope is the shortest way to Nantucket," soliloquized Starbuck suddenly, heedless of Stubb’s question.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Now I ask you, after it had been wounded west of America, how could this animal be killed in the east, unless it had cleared the equator and doubled Cape Horn or the Cape of Good Hope?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • However, I did then believe us to be about 10 degrees southward of the Cape of Good Hope, or about 45 degrees southern latitude, as I gathered from some general words I overheard among them, being I supposed to the south-east in their intended voyage to Madagascar.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • This wish he now distinctly expressed in his own name, and in that of his wife; inquiring what our intentions were, and proposing, if agreeable to us, that they, with their eldest daughter, whose health, like his own, was delicate, should make a long stay on the island, while the younger daughter went for the present to her brother at the Cape of Good Hope.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • What’s this talk about doubling the Cape of Good Hope?"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • A few sails were on the horizon, no doubt ships going as far as Cape São Roque to find favorable winds for doubling the Cape of Good Hope.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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