Essays Of Travel, By Robert Louis Stevenson


































































































 -   A man in a white cap sat in an office by the door.
He seemed to welcome them more warmly - Page 90
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A Man In A White Cap Sat In An Office By The Door. He Seemed To Welcome Them More Warmly Than When They Had First Presented Themselves, And The Charge For The Night Had Somewhat Unaccountably Fallen From A Dollar To A Quarter.

They thought him ill-looking, but paid their quarter apiece, and were shown upstairs to the top of the house.

There, in a small room, the man in the white cap wished them pleasant slumbers.

It was furnished with a bed, a chair, and some conveniences. The door did not lock on the inside; and the only sign of adornment was a couple of framed pictures, one close above the head of the bed, and the other opposite the foot, and both curtained, as we may sometimes see valuable water-colours, or the portraits of the dead, or works of art more than usually skittish in the subject. It was perhaps in the hope of finding something of this last description that M'Naughten's comrade pulled aside the curtain of the first. He was startlingly disappointed. There was no picture. The frame surrounded, and the curtain was designed to hide, an oblong aperture in the partition, through which they looked forth into the dark corridor. A person standing without could easily take a purse from under the pillow, or even strangle a sleeper as he lay abed. M'Naughten and his comrade stared at each other like Vasco's seamen, 'with a wild surmise'; and then the latter, catching up the lamp, ran to the other frame and roughly raised the curtain.

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