But The Deck Was
Unpleasantly Congested With Great Burly Brutes - Beefy, Carnivorous,
Overfed Creatures, Gorged With Victuals And Smoking Disgustingly
Strong Black Cigars, And Grinning In An Annoying And Meaning Sort
Of Way Every Time They Passed A Body Who Preferred To Lie Quiet.
The rail was also moving up and down in a manner that was annoying
and wearisome for the eye
To watch - first tipping up and up and up
until half the sky was hidden, then dipping down and down and down
until the gray and heaving sea seemed ready to leap over the side
and engulf us. So I decided to go below and jot down a few notes.
On arriving at my quarters I changed my mind again. I decided to
let the notes wait a while and turn in.
It is my usual custom when turning in to remove the left shoe as
well as the right one and to put on my pajamas; but the pajamas
were hanging on a hook away over on the opposite side of the
stateroom, which had suddenly grown large and wide and full of
great distances; and besides, I thought it was just as well to
have the left shoe where I could put my hand on it when I needed
it again. So I retired practically just as I was and endeavored,
as per the admonitions of certain friends, to lie perfectly flat.
No doubt this thing of lying flat is all very well for some people
- but suppose a fellow has not that kind of a figure?
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