Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy" (Mariners Library)

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXI. Worooster--Swedish lesson--English boys--A prophecy-- Letter--Bequest--Eeply--The ' Dolphin.' Margate has often been abused, laughed at, and snubbed, but it has never yet been properly described. How shall I describe Margate? It is too difficult to do well, and it has been too often done badly to do it again. The men's bathing here from boats with steps, like those at Malta, is sensible enough. Fine bold swimmers struck out well beside me in the water while I had my morning dip from the yawl. As for the epicene bathing--masculine women and womanish males who partake of "sea-bathing by machinery "--separate machines, but that is all-- let us ignore them. Come rather back to France, and let us look at Her Imperial Majesty the Empress Eugenie in the water, as we have seen her years ago. It was at Biarritz, and one day a commotion in the town was evidenti but "What is about to FRENCH BATHERS. 2S9 happen?" we asked, being ready for any response as a traveller ought to be. "Her Majesty is going to bathe." British modesty urged a quiet retreat, but French system being different, we spectators to the number of some hundreds were ranged along the sands in two long lines, with a narrow lane clear between, and grave Gendarmes keeping the ranks in order. The usual proceedings one sees at French bathing towns were all in action round about us. Ladies dressed to the highest pitch, mingled with others in bathing costume. Gentlemen walking quite composed and dripping wet with ladies just come out of the sea and just going in again. Young girls in canoes boldly paddling, and gaily upsetting the little craft, while they swam alongside. Rafts with men and women, half-floating as they held by the sides, and chattered and basked in the sun. All this difficult interlude on dry-land manners w...

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