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Chapter XVII (continued)

I have already said that the Marama of Cook’s time, and the elder Otoo of Cook’s acquaintance, married first cousins. The Terii vaetuas of Tefana i Ahurai made the bond that united or divided the three powers between which the district of Tefana stands. Purea, Teihotu and Auri, the three children of Terii vaetua, were the three channels along which the story has run (Table IV). Purea’s quarrel with her own family caused the overthrow of Papara and the elevation of Pare Arue. Pomare-Vairatoa, born about 1743, married Teihotu’s daughter; Marama, in the same generation, married Auri’s daughter, both of them Purea’s nieces, and all three of the Ahurai family. When the second Pomare, in 1808, was at last driven out of Tahiti, he took refuge in Moorea with his cousin, and even after he had been brought back in 1815, and was undisputed King of Tahiti, he always treated Marama as a social superior.

Tati yielded the same position to her, after she married his son. When I was born, about 1824, I naturally became a petted child, and sometimes treated my mother with as little respect as petted children are apt to show. Old Tati would then scold his granddaughter, and would tell me that no one had ever, even in fun, dared to speak to Marama in any tone but one of deep respect. Nevertheless Tati’s whole authority as chief of Papara and head-chief of the Tevas could not prevent the atmosphere of Papara from being saturated with hostility to everything related to Purionuus and Pomares, or oblige the people to recognise all that he had conceded for himself. Indeed his daughter-in-law Marama could not even get possession of the lands she owned in Papara as Arornaiterai, and she did not venture to insist on their being given up to her. As one daughter after another came into the world, she grew more and more interested to secure their inheritance, but she did not know what lands belonged to Aromaiterai, and neither Tati nor anyone else would tell her. Not daring to fret her father-in-law further, she waited till I became old enough to understand what she wanted, and set me to the task. Every morning I was obliged to take my place by Tati’s side, and pet him into good-humor. In those days the family lived in native fashion, in one large


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