Ports of Call

By Jack Vance

Myron's mom and dad insisted that he examine economics, and Myron dutifully utilized himself. yet Myron had an aunt--his nice aunt Hester Lojoie, a lady of significant wealth inherited from a lifeless husband, or even larger flamboyance of nature. And whilst Dame Hester got here into ownership of an area yacht, Myron unexpectedly observed his long-supressed goals of experience bloom into new life.

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No longer so! His eyes are sharp! he's counting the hairs on my leg! ” Moncrief frowned down upon the previous guy. “What, sir, are your intentions? ” “Quiet; don't distract me or I shall lose my count number! ” Moncrief pulled at his chin. Then he acknowledged, “Our ideas specify that you could be strategy the platform no nearer than 3 toes! you're in violation of this rule, and also you needs to desist! ” “La los angeles! i used to be no longer born the day prior to this! convey me this rule! ” “The rfile is misplaced, however the rule is still. may possibly I ask how a lot you want to guess? ” “Nothing. i'm working towards. ” Moncrief threw his hands within the air. “Stand again! depart! perform in your grandmother! ” Shaking his fist and expostulating, the previous guy staggered off down the road. Moncrief drew a deep sigh and smiled affably on the corporation. “I take it that everybody is prepared for the sport? One second, then. ” He stepped in the back of the women, amassed their flamboys and put them into sockets along side the degree. “Now then, all is so as! ladies, ladies, at the alert! One, , and hiya presto; off we cross! ” Flook, Pook and Snook grew to become their jewelry which will hide the stones, then jumped down from the drums, to clasp arms and whirl round in a circle, tossing their heads low, then excessive, like a trio of younger maenads. They broke aside, became, twisted, swung round one another, mingling in a confusion of lithe younger our bodies, then once more broke aside, and marched to shape a line on the entrance of the platform, the place they stood grinning in triumph. Which was once Flook? Which was once Pook? Which was once Snook? Moncrief improved. He spoke dolefully, “Today i think the strain of undesirable success; yet i'm pushed by means of future and can't flip again. So who will bet ten sols on what quantities to giveaway funds? you wish in simple terms indicate Flook, or Pook, or Snook with accuracy; what can be more straightforward? Come then, lay down your bet. I recommend ten sols, or extra when you are so disposed. ” Wingo muttered to Maloof: “At the a ways correct stands Pook! is that this your opinion in addition? ” Maloof shrugged. “I used to be now not observing. i've got no opinion. ” Schwatzendale advised Wingo, “If you're definite, wager! ” Wingo hesitated, yet, earlier than he might circulate, a gentleman improved and laid 5 sols at the platform in entrance of the woman within the heart. “This is Pook! Pay me my funds! ” the lady within the middle displayed a ruby. “I am Flook. ” “Ha ha! ” cried Moncrief, scooping up the 5 sols. “I worry, sir, that you just have been inattentive. To win, you want to watch conscientiously! ” the women climbed again upon the drums. Wingo proudly instructed Maloof: “I used to be correct! the woman I named as Pook now stands at the heart drum. ” “That is nice paintings! ” acknowledged Maloof. “You have a willing eye. ” “True. My education as an art-photographer is accountable. ” Moncrief referred to as for one more online game. “Hey, presto! Down and approximately! enable the styles of future play themselves out! ” the women played their evolutions as prior to: twisting and winding via a confusion of hands, legs, agile torsos, ultimately to array themselves in a line, the place they stood panting and grinning.

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