I now began to consider that I might yet get a great many things out of the ship which would be useful to me, and particularly some of the rigging and sails, and such other things as might come to land; and I resolved to make another voyage on board
the vessel, if possible.
The ship began now to fill; several passengers came on board
, who were embarked on no criminal account, and these had accommodations assigned them in the great cabin, and other parts of the ship, whereas we, as convicts, were thrust down below, I know not where.
But all the while the Morisco Christian was telling her strange story, an elderly pilgrim, who had come on board
of the galley at the same time as the viceroy, kept his eyes fixed upon her; and the instant she ceased speaking he threw himself at her feet, and embracing them said in a voice broken by sobs and sighs, "O Ana Felix, my unhappy daughter, I am thy father Ricote, come back to look for thee, unable to live without thee, my soul that thou art!"
I must admit that he did not believe in the unicorn, and was the only one on board
who did not share that universal conviction.
Not having a very clearly defined notion of what a live board
was, Oliver was rather astounded by this intelligence, and was not quite certain whether he ought to laugh or cry.
The anchorage proving unsafe, and water difficult to be procured, the captain stood out to sea, and made repeated signals for those on shore to rejoin the ship, but it was not until nine at night that they came on board
Such a number of women and children have no right to be comfortable on board
But they all rejected the proposal, and said they would have nothing to do with me any more; and if I came on board
they would all go on shore.
Who else, of all on board
the Ariel, would have dared such devilishness with the lady-god's bed?
It's the sort of thing I've been hearing more or less ever since I came on board
"The skipper has his wife on board
," remarked another; and the light of the crimson sunset all ablaze behind the London smoke, throwing a glow of Bengal light upon the barque's spars, faded away from the Hope Reach.
On the day in which I visited the ship (the fourteenth), Wyatt and party were also to visit it--so the captain informed me--and I waited on board
an hour longer than I had designed, in hope of being presented to the bride, but then an apology came.