” They laughed at that, and the storm vanished as it had come.
I liked the young man.
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The muleteer remained sunken in a great cloak, his chin on his arms folded upon his knees, and what he saw in the land within I cannot tell. But the young merchant was of a quick 杭州按摩论坛 disposition and presently must talk. For some distance around us spread bare earth set only with shrubs and stones. Also the rising moon gave light, and with that and our own strength we did not truly look for any attack. We sat and talked at ease, though with lowered voices, Rodrigo somewhere 杭州桑拿按摩技师 away and the rest of the picture sleeping. The merchant asked what had been my last voyage.
I answered, after a moment, to England.
“You do not seem to me,” he said, “a seaman. But I suppose there are all kinds of seamen.”
I said yes, the sea was wide.
“England 杭州晚上男生玩的地方 now, at the present moment?” he said, and questioned me as to Bristol, of which port he had trader’s knowledge. I answered out of a book I had read. It was true that, living once by the sea, I knew how to handle a boat. I could find in memory sailors’ terms. But still he said, 杭州爱情故事spa飞机 “You are not a seaman such as we see at Palos and San Lucar.”
It is often best not to halt denial. Let it pass by and wander among the wild grasses!
“I myself,” he said presently, “have gone by sea to Vigo and to Bordeaux.” He warmed his hands at the fire, then clasped them about his knees 杭州水疗哪里好玩 and gazed into the night. “What, Juan Lepe, is that Ocean we look upon when we look west? I mean, where does it go? What does it strike?”
“India, belike. And Cathay. To-day all men believe the earth to be round.”
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“We do not have to drink it.”
He laughed. “No! Nor sail it. But after I had been on that voyage I could see us always like mice running close to a wall, forever and forever! Juan Lepe, we are little and timid!”
I liked his spirit. “One day we shall be lions and eagles and bold prophets! Then our tongue shall taste much beside 杭州水疗会所名字大全 India and Cathay!”
“Well, I hope it,” he said. “Mice running under the headlands.”
He fell silent, cherishing his knees and staring into the fire. It was not Juan Lepe’s place to talk when master merchant talked not. I, too, regarded 杭州水疗会所398能干嘛 the fire, and the herded mountains robed in night,