MS. Found in a Bottle
by Edgar Allan Poe
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(4) Base Camp
"MS. Found in a Bottle" is short and gets to the point like a lot of Poe's stories. But is also uses a lot of heavy and detailed language, including words that don't see a lot of use these days (Simoom? Scudded?). Be ready for a slog sometimes, but take heart in the fact that the end comes soon (just like it does for the narrator), and the ride's smoother when you have a dictionary at hand.