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Hong, Edna Hatlestad, 1913- / Muskego boy
(1943)

Chapter 4: Two months on a sailboat,   pp. [23]-30


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But they did push and shove! It was almost noon before meek little Mor 
could get into the smoky, grimy cooking shanty, and even then she was 
pushed out long before the porridge was done. A big mountain of a woman 
who had already had breakfast took Mor's kettle off the fire and put her
own 
coffee pot on to boil for lunch! As for lunch, all Mor's family had was rye
rusks and dried beef. Mor simply couldn't get near the cooking shanty to
make any hot soup. 
It wasn't until late afternoon that Far decided Mikkel was big enough 
to take care of himself on the ship. It wasn't until then Mikkel had a chance
to talk to the boy with the red cap who looked to be his own age. He found
him on deck watching the sailors cast out the anchor. 
"Good-day," Mikkel said politely. 
"Good-day." 
"It looks as if we have stopped sailing," said Mikkel. 
"No wind," said the boy. 
"Maybe we won't ever get to America," said Mikkel after a long
silence. 
"Pytt," said the boy. "I'll swim." 
"Oho! You can't do that! Nobody can swim to America!" 


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