By Nevil Shute
Younger pilot Donald Ross has little in universal with the Oxford archaeologist who has hired him on an excursion to the Arctic—and nonetheless much less along with his appealing yet obdurate daughter, Alix. yet as soon as the 3 of them succeed in the treacherous beaches of Greenland, looking for the ruins of early Viking settlements, their destinies are inextricably sure by means of the occasions that spread there.
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When he came out the horses were tied to a picnic table under some trees and Rawlins was in the cafe drinking coffee. He slid into the booth. You ordered? he said. Waitin on you. The proprietor came over with another cup of coffee. What’ll you boys have? he said. Go ahead, said Rawlins. He ordered three eggs with ham and beans and biscuits and Rawlins ordered the same with a sideorder of hotcakes and syrup. You better load up good. You watch me, said Rawlins. They sat with their elbows propped on the table and looked out the window south across the plains to the distant mountains lying folded in their shadows under the morning sun.
He looked up. Why couldnt you lease me the ranch? Lease you the ranch. Yes. I thought I said I didnt want to discuss it. This is a new subject. No it’s not. I’d give you all the money. You could do whatever you wanted. All the money. You dont know what you’re talking about. There’s not any money. This place has barely paid expenses for twenty years. There hasnt been a white person worked here since before the war. Anyway you’re sixteen years old, you cant run a ranch. Yes I can. You’re being ridiculous.
If you had the money would you buy it? the boy said. I had the money and I didnt. You mean your backpay from the army? No. Since then. What’s the most you ever won? You dont need to know. Learn bad habits. Why dont I bring the chessboard up some afternoon? I aint got the patience to play. You got the patience to play poker. That’s different. What’s different about it? Money is what’s different about it. They sat. There’s still a lot of money in the ground out there, his father said. Number one I C Clark that come in last year was a big well.
An Old Captivity by Nevil Shute