Excerpt: ...going down to meet the boat every day that he might see her come ashore, was a pleasure he had been unable to deny himself. The boat had just put in and he had seen that Glory Goldie was not on board. He had supposed that she would be finished with everything now and could leave for home. But some new hindrance must have arisen to ...
Excerpt: ...going down to meet the boat every day that he might see her come ashore, was a pleasure he had been unable to deny himself. The boat had just put in and he had seen that Glory Goldie was not on board. He had supposed that she would be finished with everything now and could leave for home. But some new hindrance must have arisen to detain her, as had been the case all summer. It was not easy for one who had so many demands upon her time to get away. Anyhow it was a great pity she did not come to-day, thought Jan, when there were so many of her old acquaintances at the pier. There stood both Senator Carl Carlson and August Dar Nol. Bjorn Hindrickson's son-in-law was also on hand, and even Agrippa Prastberg had turned out. Agrippa had nursed a grievance against the little girl since the day she fooled him about the spectacles. Jan had to admit to himself that it would have been a great triumph for him had Glory Goldie stood on the boat that day in all her pomp and splendour, so that Prastberg could have seen her. However, since she had not come, there was nothing for him but to go back home. As he was about to leave the pier cantankerous old Agrippa barred his way. "Well, well!" said Agrippa. "So you're running down here after that daughter of yours to-day, too?" Jan knowing it was best not to bandy words with a man like Agrippa, simply stepped to one side, so as to get by him. "I declare I don't wonder at your wanting to meet such a fine lady as she has turned out to be!" said Agrippa with a leer. Just then August Dar Nol rushed up and seized Agrippa by the arm, to silence him. But Agrippa was not to be silenced. "The whole parish knows of it," he shouted, "so it's high time her parents were told of her doings! Jan Anderson is a decent fellow, even if he did spoil that girl of his, and I can't bear to see him sit here day after day, week in and week out, waiting for a-" He called the little girl of Ruffluck such a bad name that Jan would not..."
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