Apnea Behn, opening of Oroonoko the Royal Slave
A sample of narrative voice handling an archaic text with complex syntax
Voice AgeMiddle Aged (35-54)
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This is the beginning ofthe Orinoco or the royal slave by after a baby. I do not pretend in giving you the history of this royal slave to entertain my reader with the adventures of a famed hero whose life and fortunes fancy may manage the poets pleasure, nor in relating the truth, designed to adorn it with any accidents. But such has arrived in earnest to him, and it shall come simply into the world, recommended by its own proper merits and natural intrigues, the being enough of reality to support it and to render it diverting without the addition of invention. I wass myself an eyewitness to the great part of what you will find here, set down on what I could not be witness off. I received from the mouth of the chief actor in this history, the hero himself who gave us the whole transactions of his youth. And though I shall admit for brevity sake, 1000 little accidents of his life which, however pleasant us where history was scarce and adventures very rare yet might prove tedious and heavy to my reader in a world where he finds diversions for every minute mean and strange, but we who were perfectly charmed with the character of this great man, we're curious to gather every circumstance of his life. The scene off the last part of his adventures lies in a colony in America called Suriname in the West Indies.