About seven o'clock in the evening, the boatman
had taken over a young woman, wrapped in a black mantle, who appeared to be very anxious not to be recognized; but entirely on account of her precautions, the boatman
had paid more attention to her and discovered that she was young and pretty.
Said a boatman, "Get axes and kill him, for he is the Mugger of the ford.
Later, my Fate sent me the boatman who had desired to cut off my tail with an axe.
But a boatman, who laughed, took a piece no larger than a small dog, and threw it to me.
There Dom Claude found a boatman, who, for a few farthings in Parisian coinage, rowed him up the Seine as far as the point of the city, and landed him on that tongue of abandoned land where the reader has already beheld Gringoire dreaming, and which was prolonged beyond the king's gardens, parallel to the Ile du Passeur-aux-Vaches.
When the boatman had taken his departure, he remained standing stupidly on the strand, staring straight before him and perceiving objects only through magnifying oscillations which rendered everything a sort of phantasmagoria to him.
placed himself entirely at her disposal, promising to keep pace with the horse if Rosa would allow him to take hold of either the croup or the bridle of her horse.
I asked my boatman what it should be, and he answered he supposed it was some of the red soldiers coming from Fort William into Appin, against the poor tenantry of the country.
My boatman (who was an honest fellow and mindful of his promise to the catechist) would fain have carried me on to Balachulish; but as this was to take me farther from my secret destination, I insisted, and was set on shore at last under the wood of Lettermore (or Lettervore, for I have heard it both ways) in Alan's country of Appin.
And by ten o'clock we were quit of Genoa; the last lean, blue-chinned official had left our decks; the last fruitseller had been beaten off with bucketsful of water and left cursing us from his boat; the last passenger had come aboard at the last moment--a fussy graybeard who kept the big ship waiting while he haggled with his boatman
over half a lira.
Mr Haredale, without any leave-taking, turned away to the river stairs, which were close at hand, and hailed the only boatman
who remained there.
But, if you will please to see if my boatman
is there, I shall be obliged to you.
who pulled me off to the ship said: 'Hallo
Ogg the son of Beorl," says my private hagiographer, "was a boatman
who gained a scanty living by ferrying passengers across the river Floss.
The warning lights and fires upon the river were powerless beneath this pall, and, but for a raw and piercing chillness in the air, and now and then the cry of some bewildered boatman
as he rested on his oars and tried to make out where he was, the river itself might have been miles away.