By Richard Marsh
This historical ebook can have various typos and lacking textual content. dealers can obtain a loose scanned reproduction of the unique ebook (without typos) from the writer. no longer listed. now not illustrated. 1900 version. Excerpt: ...but the assumption used to be tempting. "I shouldn't be stunned if I did pass. How a lot will you row me for?" The ferryman hesitated. He used to be most likely debating inside himself as to the capability of the younger gentleman's wallet, and likewise now not improbably as to his means for being bled. "I'll row you there for 5 shillings." yet Bertie used to be no longer fairly so verdant as he regarded. "I'll offer you eighteenpence." "Well, you're a funky hand, you're, to provide a guy eighteenpence for what he desires 5 shillings for. yet I don't are looking to be tough upon a tender gentleman what's a tender gentleman. I'll row you there for 4; a man's acquired to dwell, you recognize, and it isn't as if you sought after a ship to row yourself." yet Bertie was once not able to determine his approach to paying 4. eventually a discount was once struck for part a crown. Then an issue happened as to alter, and Bertie entrusted one in every of his priceless sovereigns to the ferryman to get replaced on the Swan. Then a ship was once introduced, a lad now not a great deal older than Bertie used to be put dependable, the fare used to be paid upfront, and a commence used to be made for Kingston. by the point they reached that old city, Bertie was once hungry in earnest. The stroll, the force, and now the row within the freshness of the early morning had mixed to provide him an urge for food which, at Mecklemburg condo, could were appeared with significant disapproval. Now, too, the quick commons of the day earlier than have been remembered; and as Bertie fingered the money in his wallet he suggestion with out moderate delight of the great things within the consuming and ingesting line which it'll purchase. He used to be landed at his personal request at the Middlesex aspect of Kingston Bridge, and having generously made the lad who had rowed him richer by way of the sum of sixpence, he...
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