Category: John Christopher

The advantages of marriage

‘You find passengers too much of a distraction.’ ‘Not too much, I think.’ ‘You don’t think straight; that’s the trouble. Once we’ve cleared Amsterdam, I suppose it will be the Simanyi girl again?’ ‘No, no.’...

No man knows another’s mind

‘Where?’ ‘In the barn – the little barn.’ ‘And how, then?’ ‘With his belt.’ ‘And with what reason?’ ‘It’s not known. Her, maybe.’ ‘In Hell – for her?’ ‘No man knows another’s mind.’ ‘But in...

No one can fine a captain

‘What are you doing, do you think?’ Josef glanced over his shoulder. ‘Fishing.’ ‘Forbidden,’ Olsen said. ‘Three thousand francs’ fine for any who fish within the harbour.’ ‘Truly?’ ‘Truly. Give me the rod. If anyone...

‘Do you like her?’

‘The bear goes a walk,’ Mrs Simanyi said. ‘Would the little Annabel wish to see this?’ ‘I’m sure she would,’ Mary said. ‘Thank you. Where is it?’ She pointed and smiled. ‘On the deck. That...

Next time she must speak

Carling clutched the rail in his agony, feeling the cold, wet metal sting his skin. Nothing made sense unless there was an answer, somewhere, somehow. She could not have left him like that without a...

Don’t be long away

‘I’ve been thinking,’ Carling said, ‘that I might give up the sea.’ She looked at him, brow furrowed, eyes half closed, as though he were a stranger whom she could not be sure of trusting....

A tip on form

‘How long have you been going through the passengers’ belongings?’ ‘I didn’t do that,’ Thorsen said quickly. ‘There was no need. She had left the passport on her bunk.’ Mouritzen was not sure whether he...

A big box, painted green

Annabel ran back to them. ‘Will there be any more horses?’ she asked. ‘No more.’ Mouritzen bent down to her. ‘But something else. Do you wish to see?’ She nodded, and he lifted her in...

To be shipped overseas

Mary said: ‘A life of hard work, and then to be shipped overseas to a foreign butcher. It doesn’t seem fair, does it?’ ‘I have thought that, too,’ he said. ‘But a farmer cannot be...