We are now, reader, arrived at the last
stage of our long journey.
To Tarzan's memory came a similar scene, when he had rescued D'Arnot from a like predicament at the last
moment before the final spear-thrust should have ended his sufferings.
And by ten o'clock we were quit of Genoa; the last lean, blue-chinned official had left our decks; the last fruitseller had been beaten off with bucketsful of water and left cursing us from his boat; the last passenger had come aboard at the last
moment--a fussy graybeard who kept the big ship waiting while he haggled with his boatman over half a lira.