Excerpt from The Jilt, &C: Good Stories of Man and Other Animals It was a summer afteron; the sun shone mellow upon the south sands of Tenby; the clear blue water sparkled to the horizon, and each ripple as it came ashore broke into diamonds. This amber sand, broad, bold, and smooth as the turf at Lord's - and, indeed, wickets are often pitched on it - has been called Nature's finest promenade; yet, owing to a counter attraction, it was w paraded by a single figure - a tall, straight, well-built young man, rather ruddy, but tanned and bronzed by weather; shaved smooth as an egg, and his collar, his tie, and all his dress very neat and precise. He held a deck glass, and turned every ten yards, though he had a mile to promenade. These signs deted a good seaman. Yet his glass swept the land more than the water, and that is t like a sailor. This incongruity, however, was soon explained and justified. There hove in sight a craft as attractive to every true tar, from an admiral of the red to the boatswain's mate, as any cutter, schooner, brig, bark, or ship, and bore down on him with colours flying alow and aloft. Lieutenant Greaves made all sail towards her, for it was Ellen Ap Rice, the loveliest girl in Wales. He met her with glowing cheeks and sparkling eyes, and thanked her warmly for coming. Indeed you may, said she; when I promised, I forgot the flower-show. Dear me, said he, what a pity! I would t have asked you. Oh, said she, never mind; I shall t break my heart; but it seems so odd you wanting me to come out here, when you are always welcome at our house, and papa so fond of you. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.