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A walk along the sea shore

‘Snakes?’ Toni asked. ‘Are there snakes, Sweeney?’ ‘I doubt it. Nothing terribly virulent, anyway. And snakes, too, will keep out of your way if you make enough noise crashing through the brush. Shall we investigate...

‘All animals are equal’

Silence was broken as they scrambled out of the boat, for the most part getting their feet wet. Candie cleared the lapping water with a great leap, only to fall prone on the sand, and...

In the Doldrums

They came into the Doldrums that evening. The sails hung slack and lifeless, the air itself had a dead quality, as though the great expanse of sky were boxed and shuttered, the sea flowed past...

Placing a spanner in the works

‘My dear Joe, intervention in human affairs is something that always requires a great deal of justification, and generally offers very little. The man who intervenes is himself suspect – rightly so because his motives...