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...the decadence of shipping interests in all its affecting branches, having been already some time in Dunnet, and I felt sure that Captain Littlepage's mind had now returned to a safe level.
As we came down the hill toward the village our ways divided, and when I had seen the old captain well started on a smooth piece of sidewalk which would lead him to his own door, we parted, the best of friends. "Step in some afternoon," he said, as affectionately as if I were a fellow-shipmasterWrecked on the lee shore of age.like himself. I turned toward home, and presently met Mrs. Todd coming toward me with an anxious expression.
"I see you sleevin' the old gentleman down the hill," she suggested.
"Yes. I've had a very interesting afternoon with him," I answered, and her face brightened.
"Oh, then he's all right. I was afraid 'twas one o' his flighty spells, an' Mari' Harris wouldn't"--
"Yes," I returned, smiling, "he has been telling me some old stories, but we talked about Mrs. Begg and the... Jewett, Sarah Orne
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