CHAPTER XCV

WHEN the schooner's dinghy rowed Buell and me to the end of Boston's Long Wharf, I had the illusion that only weeks had passed, rather than seven years, since the two of us had stood on the deck of a little sloop and watched all of Howe's army and a good part of Boston pour onto that wharf and into the boats that were to carry them to Halifax--since I had my first glimpse of Henrietta Dixon and little Nathan Dixon, panic-stricken at the thought that the Boston they knew was sailing away without them.

The harbor water had the same slick oiliness I had seen upon it when we set sail for Halifax. Floating in it was a lemon rind and a broken box no different from those that had met my eye through the porthole above my father's berth when I had lowered him to it at the beginning of his last voyage. The soiled sea gulls, wheeling and squealing above the fishing boats packed tight along the piling, might have been the very birds that hovered, wailing and mewing, above the boats from which we had hoisted the mangled men who fought at Bunker Hill.

It was the same Boston, I told myself, as we climbed the slippery ladder to the top of the dock: the same Long Wharf; the same chunky fishing schooners; the same sea gulls; the same Boston fishermen, encrusted with the same glittering fish scales and with familiar glumness pitchforking cod and haddock from the bellies of their schooners. Even the air was peculiarly Bostonian, redolent of coolness and fish; of remoteness, moist old cellars, lack of change.

Buell, all business, darted off, to make sure the stoves were still where he'd seen them and, if they were, to open negotiations for their purchase from the hopeless owners.

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