Around the World in 80 Days
Day 40: 3 November
Captain Tuddenham remembers when he was a junior purser in Hong Kong in the 1940s, it was his job to supervise (i.e. lower the ladder and take it up again rapidly if the captain appeared) the embarkation of Chinese ladies, whose company you could then purchase in day, week or two-week lengths. 'Very civilised in those days,' he adds provocatively, and Pat is duly provoked.
'Long before I had you, my love.'
Outside, the character of the sea has changed totally since we left. Now it's ceased to be a supportive friend or a calming influence - it's fierce and powerful and agitated. 'Only a moderate swell,' the captain insists, in between coping with telexes from the shipping agents in Hong Kong who want to know why he was hanging about in the Singapore roads until five in the morning.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 40
- Date: 3 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: South China Sea
- Book page no: 128
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