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White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885

The Green-Eyed Monster?

The Green-Eyed Monster?.

"Wednesday, August 25.—Mr. D. has been conducting himself a great deal better for the past few days… We have another case going on in the cabin. It is Mr. M. and Miss A. When Mr. M. came aboard he was a thorough straight fellow, until about three weeks ago, when he formed a great attachment to Miss A. As she pretends to be a very religious lady he has put on a face as long again as it was before. He has given up all sorts of sports, and while we amuse ourselves shooting and at other amusements, he will be sitting in some corner doing the agreeable to her. He is a very selfish fellow… The captain is quite disgusted at his conduct, and he and I have many a hearty laugh at them . . Mr. M. can't bear to see anyone sitting beside Miss A. Sometimes when she is sitting alone the captain for amusement will tell me to go and sit beside her, and before two minutes Mr. M. will be alongside of us. I anticipate some good sport will be got from them yet. For the last two days they have been always together, and while they are so not one of us takes the least notice of them, so at present they form a party by themselves. Mr. D. and his lady form another party. Mr. A. is sometimes with us and sometimes with his sister. The captain, the doctor, Mr. W. and I associate a good deal together, and the cabin passengers are therefore split up like so many different tribes of New Zealanders—Mr. D. sitting by himself speaking to no other; Mr. A. sitting quietly by himself in another corner; while the captain, the doctor, Mr. W. and I will be sitting in another."

"Sunday, August 28.—It is very stormy this morning, similar to yesterday. Mr. Culpan gave a sermon in the 'tween decks in the forenoon, the vessel rolling so much that the doctor did not wish the passengers to come up on deck in case some of them might get their legs broken. During the day squalls were frequent, and while at dinner a very heavy one came on, which sent all our plates and contents on our knees. Frequent showers of hailstones came down, this day being considered a good specimen of Cape weather. In the afternoon Mr. Culpan gave another sermon, and during the time the Psalms were singing the vessel gave a heavy lurch which sent the page 42 stool I was sitting on from one side to the other. I found myself at the feet of a number of people who were standing on the opposite side, with two or three people on top of me. Old Mr. Culpan came rattling down on top of us. Two minutes afterwards a sea broke over the ship, and sent a quantity of water down the hatchway amongst us. Such scenes have been common for the last two days. In the evening flashes of lightning were flying, rain was falling in torrents, and altogether this night has the appearance of a very stormy one. At half past ten I pop into bed, although I have very little intention of sleeping."