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Mason & Dixon

Three. Last Transit

Table of Contents for pp. 715-773

Chapter 74 (717-732) : 717-719
Perhaps all was as simple as that,- that Dixon wish'd to remain, and Mason did not,- could not.
74.2 : 719-721
At Maskelyne's Behest, Mason agrees to observe the Transit from South Ulster,
74.3 : 721-723
"Reminds me of America. Strange, some mornings I get up and I think I'm in America."
74.4 : 723-730
The Rain has rais'd in ev'ryone an insomniack Apprehension, in which all talk of Bog-bursts is avoided,-
74.5 : 730-731
"Classickal," grumbles Euphrenia.
74.6 : 731-732
Maskelyne fancied that, when he became Astronomer Royal, there might be an Investiture, a Passage, a Mystery... an Outfit.
Chapter 75 (733-743) : 733-734
"At the request of Maskelyne, I am coming North a Mountain of suitable Gravity to seek,
75.2 : 734-737
Mason is content for a moment to sit inside The Jolly Pitman and a Carousing of Geordies, feeling settled, quietly plumb,
75.3 : 737-742
"Quite a Lark, you must have had.... I returned from the North Cape in some Con-fusion,-
75.4 : 742-743
Upon the doorstep, horses waiting him in the Street, Mason grasps Dixon's Hand.
Chapter 76 (744-748) : 744-747
"Now, Dr. Johnson, along with Boswell acting as his Squire, happen'd, in August of 'seventy-three,
76.2 : 748-748
The Mountain he finds for Maskelyne will be too regular to be natural,
Chapter 77 (749-757) : 749-750
So when they meet again, 'tis in Bishop,
77.2 : 750-752
"Their visits," wrote the Revd, on unnam'd Authority, "consisted of silence when fishing, fever'd nocturnal Conversation when not.
77.3 : 752-753
They are dozing together by Dixon's Hearth.
77.4 : 753-757
One final Expedition, Dixon believ'd, a bit more Gold in the Sack, and he'll be free to return to America,
Chapter 78 (758-773) : 758-759
Now 'tis very late, Dawn is the next event to consider,
78.2 : 759-760
When the Hook of Night is well set, and when all the Children are at last irretrievably detain'd within their Dreams,
78.3 : 760-760
Proceeding, then, to recite the Pennsylvaniad, sotto Voce, as he wanders the Room, among the others, the untold others...
78.4 : 760-761
On entering Mason's Rooms at The George Tavern, Franklin is greeted by an Odor he knows and would rather not have found.
78.5 : 761-763
To speak of the final seven years, between Dixon's Death and Mason's is to speculate, to uncertain avail.
78.6 : 763-765
When news reach'd Mason that Dixon had died, he went about for the rest of the Day as if himself stricken.
78.7 : 765-766
Next morning, at Breakfast, Doc is curious to know, "Did you ever cast his Horoscope?"
78.8 : 766-767
"I thought if ever I did this," Doc tells his father later, out upon the Road, "'twould be alone.
78.9 : 767-768
At Bishop they learn'd that Dixon had been buried in back of the Quaker Meeting-House in Staindrop.
78.10 : 768-771
Solitude grew upon him, despite his nominal return to the social Webwork.
78.11 : 771-771
Mason struggles to wake.
78.12 : 771-772
"I think he's waking."
78.13 : 772-773
Mary would return to England with the younger Children,— William and Dr. Isaac, Rebekah's Sons, would stay, and be Americans. Would stay, and ensign their Father into his Death.