Study Guide

Typee Chapter 19

By Herman Melville

Chapter 19

  • As time goes, Tommo remains confused as to why the Typee want to keep him in the valley. It has been two months, he calculates, since he has arrived.
  • Tommo shows a Typee kid how to make a little pop gun from a piece of bamboo, and for ten days hence, the village is consumed with the joy of projectiles.
  • Tommo gives Marheyo a pair of his worn-out shoes, and the patriarch makes of them a kind of decorative pendant around his neck. (We hope they didn't smell too bad.)
  • Here, the narrator offers a long description of "tappa," the local cloth made by the Typee, how it is made and how it is used, as well as other island nations where tappa has been notable.