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The Trader�s Wife

Louis Becke

Library of Alexandria
Brabant’s wife was sitting on the shady verandah of her house on the hills overlooking Levuka harbour, and watching a large fore and aft schooner being towed in by two boats, for the wind had died away early in the morning and left the smooth sea to swelter and steam under a sky of brass. The schooner was named the Maritana, and was owned and commanded by Mrs. Brabant’s husband, John Brabant, who at that moment was standing on the after-deck looking through his glasses at the house on the hill, and at the white-robed figure of his wife. Can you see Mrs. Brabant, sir? asked the chief mate, a short, dark-faced man of about thirty years of age, as he came aft and stood beside his captain. Yes, I can see her quite plainly, Lester, he replied, as he handed the glasses to his officer; she is sitting on the verandah watching us