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Cape of Good Hope

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Definition a point of land in southwestern South Africa
  • Lady Southdown wrote it off to her other daughter at the Cape of Good Hope.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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
  • Cape of Good Hope, do they call ye?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "It came all the way from Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope," Hannah told her.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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

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