^ The Pearling Town
sir " (his eyes grow moist and his voice husky with emotion), " he brought me back only eight shells, but in one of them there was a pearl worth 10,000 rupees."
the diver emerging (i)
The statement clothes the little man in a sudden nimbus of glory. So small is my spirit, that a moment before I was thinking only of his rashness in wishing to surrender a certain income for the doubtful chance of pearling, and now I am smitten with the sense of his self-restraint. Imagine a man sticking to his desk, and posting figures all the long day into a futile horde of books, while thousand-pounder pearls are lying under the clear water, in a country of sea-breezes and tropic islands, only a day's journey away !
" I have here, sir," continues the - little clerk, " two vol. 11. 497 g" I have here, sir," continues the - little clerk, " two vol. 11. 497 g