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One day Pym, in taking a white handkerchief from his pocket allows the wind to flare it into the face of the black islander, who sinks in convulsions to the bottom of the boat, later moaning (as had moaned the other islanders on seeing white), "Tekeli-li, tekeli-li."
Gigantic white birds fly from beyond the white curtain, screaming the eternal "Teke-li-li, tekeli-li" -- a syllabication that dies away on the lips of the islander as his soul finally, on that last terrible day, leaves his body.
The highlight of the novel was, of course, the six-foot tall, albino, blind, cave-dwelling penguins which, as far as I recall, don’t do anything more overtly threatening than mill around in the dark, softly muttering “tekeli-li”.
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