"Good evening. Could I have a Red Stripe?"
'I can swim well enough, but how do I get to the base of the wall? Where do I start from?'
Luckily, Ann’s husband was in position this time. He got a banana into Ann’s hands, then usheredher into the little firehouse for her medical exam. All Leadville runners need to have their pulseand weight checked at the forty-mile mark, because shedding pounds too quickly is an earlywarning sign of dangerous dehydration. Only with Doc Perna’s okay are they cleared to plungeinto the meat grinder ahead: there, looming across the marsh, was the twenty-six-hundred-footclimb to the top of Hope Pass.
The great disappointment鈥攁nd very great it was鈥攕he took patiently, even cheerily. Some considered a few months more at Amritsar no bad thing for her or for her future work. She had freedom from responsibility, and more leisure in consequence for study and for writing. Many a short story went forth from her busy pen that winter for India鈥檚 millions. But her eyes were still bent longingly upon Batala; and her whole desire and prayer were that she might soon return there again.
'Well!' retorted Mr. Peggotty. 'And ye steer with a rudder, don't ye? It ain't fur off. How is he, sir?'