he first plunge, effectively tights. The first time I walked down to the beach I was puzzled to make out some object rolling about in the low surf, which looked like a barrel, and which two bathing-machine men were watching with apparently the purpose of fishing it out. Suddenly this object reared itself from the surf and floundered towards the steps of a machine; then I saw that it was evidently not a barrel, but a lady, and after that I never dared carry my researches so far. I suppose that the bathing-tights are more becoming in some cases than in others; but I hold to a modest preference for skirts, however brief, in the sea-gear of ladies. Without them there may sometimes be the effect of beauty, and sometimes the effect of barrel.
For the convenience and safety of the bathers there were, even in the last half of September, some twenty machines, and half as many bath-men and bath-women, who waded into the water and watched that the bathers came to no harm, instead of a solitary lifeguard showing h
This story tells about a guest staying in a hotel in the Netherlands in the year 1897. It gives a discription of things he does, for exemple: attending a concert which was also attended bij the Queen-regent (Emma) and her daughter (Wilhelmina, queen from 1880-1948, but still a minor at the time this story was written). He also dicribes members of staff of the hotel and people bathing in the sea. The story takes you back in time. It is more like a holiday diary than like a fictional story.