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: Richard Richard by Mearns Hughes - New York (State) Fiction; Man-woman relationships Fiction; Voyages and travels Fiction; Families Fiction
@FreeBooksWed 08 Nov, 2023
At that hour he was leaning heavily forward, presumably watching the ant-like stevedores loading and unloading the steamer, but he was quite aware of another lone passenger, slowly moving towards him. He had seen her come on at Genoa--anyone would have noticed the clean-cut, tailor-made figure--and on the journey from Genoa to Naples he had noted her once or twice striding the deck alone; but he did not know even so much as her name. He did not know her, but, as she came up to him and lingered at the starboard rail, he knew instinctively that he would borrow money from her.
She stopped beside him for a moment and observed the Italian workers. He did not once look up.
"Do you know how long we stay in Naples?" she asked.
Shipboard etiquette ignores introductions.
"We sail at nine to-night, the Captain says." He turned his head slightly and smiled as if he had really known her. She lounged over the rail and helped him watch the workers. From the dock below this pair looked like familiar companions.
"Gracious!" she exclaimed suddenly. "What time is it now?"
"Eight A.M." He seem amused in a superior way.
"All day in this hot dirty place!" she exclaimed again.
"But it isn't blue," she objected. "It's dirty grey and,"--she looked directly below for an instant--"and it's oily--greasy, too."
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