Christopher and Columbus HTML version

There was that about Mr. Twist which, once one had begun them, encouraged
confidences; something kind about his eyes, something not too determined about his
chin. He bore no resemblance to those pictures of efficient Americans in advertisements
with which Europe is familiar,—eagle-faced gentlemen with intimidatingly firm mouths
and chins, wiry creatures, physically and mentally perfect, offering in capital letters to
make you Just Like Them. Mr. Twist was the reverse of eagle-faced. He was also the
reverse of good-looking; that is, he would have been very handsome indeed, as Anna-
Rose remarked several days later to Anna-Felicitas, when the friendship had become a
settled thing,—which indeed it did as soon as Mr. Twist had finished wiping their eyes
and noses that first afternoon, it being impossible, they discovered, to have one's eyes
and noses wiped by somebody without being friends afterwards (for such an activity,
said Anna-Felicitas, belonged to the same order of events as rescue from fire, lions, or
drowning, after which in books you married him; but this having only been wiping, said
Anna-Rose, the case was adequately met by friendship)—he would have been very
handsome indeed if he hadn't had a face.
"But you have to have a face," said Anna-Felicitas, who didn't think it much mattered
what sort it was so long as you could eat with it and see out of it.
"And as long as one is as kind as Mr. Twist," said Anna-Rose; but secretly she thought
that having been begun so successfully at his feet, and carried upwards with such grace
of long limbs and happy proportions, he might as well have gone on equally felicitously
for the last little bit.
"I expect God got tired of him over that last bit," she mused, "and just put on any sort of
"Yes—that happened to be lying about," agreed Anna-Felicitas. "In a hurry to get done
with him."
"Anyway he's very kind," said Anna-Rose, a slight touch of defiance in her voice.
"Oh, very kind," agreed Anna-Felicitas.
"And it doesn't matter about faces for being kind," said Anna-Rose.
"Not in the least," agreed Anna-Felicitas.
"And if it hadn't been for the submarine we shouldn't have got to know him. So you see,"
said Anna-Rose,—and again produced her favourite remark about good coming out of