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calamity
used in I Heard the Owl Call My Name

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Definition
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
  • The vicar might as well know right now that as for himself, he was an atheist; he considered Christianity a calamity.
    1.4 — Part 1 Chapter 4 (66% in)
calamity = a disastrous event
  • * "Because we're passing the float house of Calamity Bill, the hand-logger.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (64% in)
  • He had visited the logging camps, and never did he pass the float house of Calamity Bill without looking to see if smoke was coming from his chimney and his ancient donkey engine was wheezing in the spruce.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (57% in)
  • At sixty-five, Calamity climbed four thousand feet each day straight up the mountain side to cut his timber, and three times he had ridden his gear down into the chuck.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (59% in)
  • When Mark stopped to ask how things were, the reply never varied, "Calamitous," and when Calamity Bill asked if he might come aboard, Mark's reply never varied either, "Yes, if you take off your cork boots."
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (61% in)
  • When Mark stopped to ask how things were, the reply never varied, "Calamitous," and when Calamity Bill asked if he might come aboard, Mark's reply never varied either, "Yes, if you take off your cork boots."
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (61% in)
  • Even Calamity Bill came in his ancient row boat with its ancient outboard motor, and the younger hand-logger, the summer sun shining on his hard hat, and all of them nodded their heads and agreed that the easiest and the quickest way to get the makings of the vicarage to the village was to hire a forestry barge at a prodigious thirty dollars a day.
    3.12 — Part 3 Chapter 12 (24% in)
  • Each day Mark and Jim set out early to take Christmas to the hand-logger and his family, to Calamity Bill, and the remote camps, and to the other villages.
    3.16 — Part 3 Chapter 16 (46% in)
  • Mark and Jim spent five days in the other villages and on the way home, when they went through Whale Pass and could see the white Kingcome Mountains, they passed the A-frame on Calamity's float, and, as he always did, Mark looked to see if smoke was coming from Calamity's little shack.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (35% in)
  • Mark and Jim spent five days in the other villages and on the way home, when they went through Whale Pass and could see the white Kingcome Mountains, they passed the A-frame on Calamity's float, and, as he always did, Mark looked to see if smoke was coming from Calamity's little shack.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (36% in)
  • How many times he had stopped to hide out a gale or to chart, and always Calamity had taken out the carved walrus tusk which was the cribbage board, and always he had said, "Just one game, Mark, while I put on a mite of supper."
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (40% in)
  • There was the table with its ancient oil cloth cover, and the coffee pot, doubtless half full of grounds, waiting for Calamity to toss in a handful of coffee and boil it up again.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (45% in)
  • There was the broken easy chair, and on the cot in the corner lay Calamity.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (46% in)
  • I think you've broken a hip, Calamity.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (54% in)
  • It was too late for help and Mark knew it, and Calamity knew it also.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (62% in)
  • There's a good bit of agnostic in all of us, Calamity.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (64% in)
  • "I'll do it, Calamity.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (68% in)
  • Mark sat by Calamity through the deep night, until the hand he held slipped from his, and the period between breaths grew longer and longer.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (70% in)
  • By radio-telephone he managed at last to reach his friend, the sergeant, and tell him what had happened, and ask permission to bring the body of Calamity for cremation, and this he was given.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (76% in)
  • If he skeletal crew in the nearest camp had picked up the news of Calamity's death on the radiotelephone and, feeling It unseemly that he go on his last journey tied In an old tarpaulin, they had put together a proper box to hold him.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (80% in)
  • There were six men in all in two small boats, and a third boat bringing the couple from the float store, who had picked up the news also and come to help, the wife with an old suit of her husband's folded over the arm because she was sure that at last she was going to part Calamity from his red long-johns and send him to his Maker suitably garbed.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (85% in)
  • "Calamity wouldn't be separated from them in life," he said gently, "and I don't think he'd want to change now," and for an instant a bit of laughter rose in the solemn eyes beneath the knit caps in all the toughened faces, and was instantly squelched.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (88% in)
  • Two of the loggers helped put Calamity in the box, and carry it to the aft of the boat, and lash it down.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (91% in)
  • Then Mark put on his cassock and said for Calamity a few very simple prayers.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (93% in)
  • After the blessing Jim struck eight bells to mark the end of the watch and loosed the line, and Calamity started his last rough journey to what he had always called the happy logging country.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (94% in)
  • In the spring, Calamity.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (**% in)
  • When the little seaplane lifted and was gone, Mark turned back to his boat, checked the oil and water, and started to Knight's Inlet to keep his promise to Calamity Bill.
    4.21 — Part 4 Chapter 21 (2% in)
  • Now, beside the compass, he placed the map he had taken from under Calamity's pillow, watching for the narrow finger of the sea on the left side of the inlet, found and entered it, slowing the boat until it barely moved, seeking the cove Calamity had marked with a cross.
    4.21 — Part 4 Chapter 21 (42% in)
  • Now, beside the compass, he placed the map he had taken from under Calamity's pillow, watching for the narrow finger of the sea on the left side of the inlet, found and entered it, slowing the boat until it barely moved, seeking the cove Calamity had marked with a cross.
    4.21 — Part 4 Chapter 21 (44% in)
  • Here he gave the ashes of Calamity to the sea, and when he came to the last words of the committal, "Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord," he heard the echo of the words come back to him from across the narrow channel, softly and eerily, as if from another world.
    4.21 — Part 4 Chapter 21 (49% in)
  • "Calamity, my friend," he thought, "you have had a funeral finer than a king's and this is the way it ought to be, and I have seen it once," and he started the engine and went on up the finger-ling to its end and anchored there for the night.
    4.21 — Part 4 Chapter 21 (53% in)

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