"If I cannot get to Harwich," he asked, "is there any possibility of keeping straight on and reaching Yarmouth?"
"It was my idea," he said, "to hire a steam trawler from Yarmouth. If I do so, you can, if you wish, accompany me so far as the port at which we may land in Holland.
"Instructions to take you on to Yarmouth, if possible, sir," he announced, "and to collect the mileage at our destination."
I say 'drove', but it struck me that the cart would have gone to Yarmouth quite as well without him, for the horse did all that; and as to conversation, he had no idea of it but whistling.
We made so many deviations up and down lanes, and were such a long time delivering a bedstead at a public-house, and calling at other places, that I was quite tired, and very glad, when we saw Yarmouth. It looked rather spongy and soppy, I thought, as I carried my eye over the great dull waste that lay across the river; and I could not help wondering, if the world were really as round as my geography book said, how any part of it came to be so flat.
The sixth day of our being at sea we came into Yarmouth Roads; the wind having been contrary and the weather calm, we had made but little way since the storm.
Here we got in, and though not without much difficulty, got all safe on shore, and walked afterwards on foot to Yarmouth, where, as unfortunate men, we were used with great humanity, as well by the magistrates of the town, who assigned us good quarters, as by particular merchants and owners of ships, and had money given us sufficient to carry us either to London or back to Hull as we thought fit.
She opened and shut every drawer in her writing-table, and then cried furiously, "Yarmouth! Yarmouth!
To all of which Yarmouth merely replied, "Yes, ma'am."
If most men were like a fellow I saw on the Yarmouth boat one day, I could account for the seeming enigma easily enough.
"Yes; going down to Yarmouth, last Friday three weeks."
How many days was it, my dear, between the first time of my seeing you and our sitting down together in our lodgings at North Yarmouth