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The Unexpected Quest

I have met people who enjoy a channel crossing; men

who can sit calmly in their deck-chairs and, on arrival, wait until the boat is moored, then gather their belongings together without fuss and disembark. Personally, I

can never manage this. From the moment I get on board

I feel that the time is too short to settle down to anything. I move my suitcases from one spot to another,

and if I go down to the saloon for a meal. I bolt my food with an uneasy feeling that the boat may arrive unexpectedly whilst I am below. Perhaps all this is merely a

legacy from one’s short leaves in the war, when it

seemed a matter of such importance to secure a place

near the gangway, and to be amongst the first to disembark lest one should waste precious minutes of one’s

three or five days’ leave.

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