“NOW YOU CAN SEE why a parrot could be a passably good economist. Simply teach it to answer ‘supply and demand’ to every question!” Professor Henry Spearman chuckled as he helped his buxom wife Pidge settle onto the cushioned bench of the power launch. He had just explained to her the price of their taxicab with a supply and demand illustration. The six-dollar fare had taken them and their luggage from the Charlotte Amalie airport to the Red Hook landing on the other side of St. Thomas. Now they were on the last leg of their journey. The boat they had boarded would take them directly to St. John where soon Spearman and his wife would be enjoying dinner at Cinnamon Bay Plantation, the hotel which they had chosen for their holiday.
The flight they had taken that day from New York to the Virgin Islands had been a tiring one, prolonged by a layover in the sultry and crowded San Juan airport. The leisurely boat ride in the fresh sea air was going to be a welcome contrast to the tedium of air travel, Spearman anticipated.
Not that he was opposed to air travel. In fact, that was the way he usually went. In recent years time had become even more valuable to him, and he was often most aware