for my early american lit class, we are reading captivity narratives. i came across this excerpt and wanted to share. just to provide a little background, this is from "a narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson." at this point, she has already been taken captive by native americans.
"Then I went to see King Philip, he bade me come in and sit down, and asked me whether I would smoke (a usual compliment nowadays amongst saints and sinners) but this no way suited me. For though I had formerly used tobacco, yet I had left it ever since I was first taken. It seems to be a bait the devil lays to make men lose their precious time: I remember with shame, how formerly, when I had taken two or three pipes, I was presently ready for another, such a bewitching thing it is: but I thank God, he has now given me power over it; surely there are many who may be bettered employed than to lie sucking a stinking tobacco pipe."
--Mrs. Mary Rowlandson