20 But if Mrs. Pollzoff was doing anything forbidden by the laws of the
United States, she gave no sign of it during the hours which followed.
Her glasses swept the water as they had every other day, and if she
noticed the ships, large or small, plowing through them, she was
remarkably successful in keeping the fact to herself. Except for her
usual directions regarding the course they were to follow, she said
nothing more; and at noon she signified her desire to return to land.
She requested that they come down on the southern part of New
Jersey, but here she merely led the way to a restaurant
where she ordered lunch for both of them.
Seated across from her, Roberta noted that she might be about
thirty-five years old, and her mouth, which was rather large, was
set firmly, like a mask. Without consulting her companion, she
ordered an excellent meal, and after the first course was set before
them, her face relaxed somewhat, as if she
suddenly realized her duties as a hostess.
saidMamaji. “The water, having crossed all of Paris, came in foulenough.
Then people at the pool made it utterly disgusting.” Inconspiratorial
whispers, with shocking details to back up hisclaim, he assured us that
the French had very low standardsof personal hygiene. “Deligny was
bad enough. Bain Royal,another latrine on the Seine, was worse. At
least at Delignythey scooped out the dead fish.” Nevertheless, an
Olympic poolis an Olympic pool, touched by immortal glory. Though it
That is how I got my name when I entered this world, alast, welcome
addition to my family, three years after Ravi:
Piscine Molitor Patel.
“You are an excellent pilot, Miss Langwell,” she remarked. There was a musical quality
to her voice, as if she might sing a21 good contralto, and when her
eyes softened it gave her features an expression of real charm.
Mamaji spoke of
a fond smile.