Little Women: Or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

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but after that I got on delightfully, seldom ill, on deck all day,
with plenty of pleasant people to amuse me. Every one was
very kind to me, especially the officers. Don't laugh, Jo;
gentlemen really are very necessary aboard ship, to hold on to,
or to wait upon one; and as they have nothing to do, it's a
mercy to make them useful, otherwise they would smoke them-
selves to death, I'm afraid.

" Aunt and Flo were poorly all the way, and liked to be let
alone, so when I had done what I could for them, I went and
enjoyed myself. Such walks on deck, such sunsets, such
splendid air and waves! It was almost as exciting as riding a
fast horse, when we went rushing on so grandly. I wish Beth
could have come, it would have done her so much good; as for
Jo, she would have gone up and sat on the main-top jib, or
whatever the high thing is called, made friends with the
engineers, and tooted on the captain's speaking-trumpet, she'd
have been in such a state of rapture.

"It was all heavenly, but I was glad to see the Irish coast,
and found it very lovely, so green and sunny, with brown
cabins here and there, ruins on some of the hills, and gentle-
men's country-seats in the valleys, with deer feeding in the
parks. It was early in the morning, but I did n't regret getting
up to see it, for the bay was full of little boats, the shore so
picturesque, and a rosy sky overhead. I never shall forget it.

" At Queenstown one of my new acquaintances left us,--
Mr. Lennox,-- and when I said something about the Lakes of
Killarney, he sighed and sung, with a look at me, --

' Oh, have you e'er heard of Kate Kearney?
She lives on the banks of Killarney;
From the glance of her eye,
Shun danger and fly,
For fatal's the glance of Kate Kearney.'

Wasn't that nonsensical?

"We only stopped at Liverpool a few hours. It's a dirty,
noisy place, and I was glad to leave it. Uncle rushed out and


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