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Nationalité : États-Unis
Né(e) : 1637
Mort(e) le : 17/10/1711
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Mary (White) Rowlandson (vers 1637 – janvier 1710) était une colon américaine qui fut capturée par des Amérindiens lors de la Guerre du Roi Philip. Elle fut gardée en captivité pendant 11 semaines, avant d'être libérée contre une rançon. Elle en écrivit par la suite un récit, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, dans lequel elle raconte ses épreuves, la brutalité et la bestialité qu'elle voit dans ses ravisseurs, bien que ceux-ci ne l'aient pas violée. C'est le premier texte de ce qui allait devenir un genre à part entière dans la littérature américaine, le récit de captivité.

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SZRAMOWO   18 janvier 2015
Captive des Indiens : Récit d'une Puritaine de Nouvelle-Angleterre enlevée en 1675 de Mary White Rowlandson
We went on our travel. I having got one handful of ground nuts, for my

support that day, they gave me my load, and I went on cheerfully (with

the thoughts of going homeward), having my burden more on my back than

my spirit. We came to Banquang river again that day, near which we abode

a few days. Sometimes one of them would give me a pipe, another a

little tobacco, another a little salt: which I would change for a little

victuals. I cannot but think what a wolvish appetite persons have in a

starving condition; for many times when they gave me that which was hot,

I was so greedy, that I should burn my mouth, that it would trouble me

hours after, and yet I should quickly do the same again. And after I was

thoroughly hungry, I was never again satisfied. For though sometimes it

fell out, that I got enough, and did eat till I could eat no more, yet

I was as unsatisfied as I was when I began. And now could I see that

Scripture verified (there being many Scriptures which we do not take

notice of, or understand till we are afflicted) "Thou shalt eat and not

be satisfied" (Micah 6.14). Now might I see more than ever before, the

miseries that sin hath brought upon us. Many times I should be ready to

run against the heathen, but the Scripture would quiet me again, "Shall

there be evil in a City and the Lord hath not done it?" (Amos 3.6). The

Lord help me to make a right improvement of His word, and that I might

learn that great lesson: "He hath showed thee (Oh Man) what is good, and

what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy,

and walk humbly with thy God? Hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed

it" (Micah 6.8-9).

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SZRAMOWO   18 janvier 2015
Captive des Indiens : Récit d'une Puritaine de Nouvelle-Angleterre enlevée en 1675 de Mary White Rowlandson
On the tenth of February 1675, came the Indians with great numbers upon

Lancaster: their first coming was about sunrising; hearing the noise

of some guns, we looked out; several houses were burning, and the smoke

ascending to heaven. There were five persons taken in one house; the

father, and the mother and a sucking child, they knocked on the head;

the other two they took and carried away alive. There were two others,

who being out of their garrison upon some occasion were set upon;

one was knocked on the head, the other escaped; another there was who

running along was shot and wounded, and fell down; he begged of them his

life, promising them money (as they told me) but they would not hearken

to him but knocked him in head, and stripped him naked, and split open

his bowels. Another, seeing many of the Indians about his barn, ventured

and went out, but was quickly shot down. There were three others

belonging to the same garrison who were killed; the Indians getting up

upon the roof of the barn, had advantage to shoot down upon them over

their fortification. Thus these murderous wretches went on, burning, and

destroying before them.

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