Cai Hocken and his friend, 'Bias Hunken retire from sea-faring and settle down in adjoining cottages in Troy, Cornwall. The Eden is invaded by their landlady, Mrs. Bosenna, who makes amusing rivals of the long time friends. After many incidents, delicious food for the town gossips, the captains are united and peace reigns once more in the woman-less paradise.
pes to reach Troy the day after next, which by the post-mark is to-morra."
"Mr Philp," explained the barber, "calls in at the Office every mornin' to read all the post-cards. 'Tis one of his habits."
"Recent bereavement?" asked Mr Philp, before Captain Cai could well digest this.
"Recent bereavement?" Mr Philp was examining the tall hat, which he had picked up to make room for his own person on the customers' bench.
"That's another of his aptitoods," the barber interpolated. "He attends all the funerals in the parish."
"In the midst o' life we are in death," observed Mr Philp. "That's a cert, Cap'n Hocken, an' your hat put me in mind of it."
"Oh, 'tis my hat you're meanin'? What's wrong with it?"
"Did I say there was anything wrong? No, I didn't--God forbid! An' no doubt," concluded Mr Philp cheerfully, "the fashions'll work round to it again."
"I'll change it for another."
"You won't find that too easy, will you?" The barber paused i
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