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Early next morning there was a sound as of chains being drawn roughly overhead; the
steady heart of the _Euphrosyne_ slowly ceased to beat; and Helen, poking her nose
above deck, saw a stationary castle upon a stationary hill. They had dropped anchor in the
mouth of the Tagus, and instead of cleaving new waves perpetually, the same waves kept
returning and washing against the sides of the ship.
As soon as breakfast was done, Willoughby disappeared over the vessel's side, carrying a
brown leather case, shouting over his shoulder that every one was to mind and behave
themselves, for he would be kept in Lisbon doing business until five o'clock that
At about that hour he reappeared, carrying his case, professing himself tired, bothered,
hungry, thirsty, cold, and in immediate need of his tea. Rubbing his hands, he told them
the adventures of the day: how he had come upon poor old Jackson combing his
moustache before the glass in the office, little expecting his descent, had put him through
such a morning's work as seldom came his way; then treated him to a lunch of
champagne and ortolans; paid a call upon Mrs. Jackson, who was fatter than ever, poor
woman, but asked kindly after Rachel--and O Lord, little Jackson had confessed to a
confounded piece of weakness--well, well, no harm was done, he supposed, but what was
the use of his giving orders if they were promptly disobeyed? He had said distinctly that
he would take no passengers on this trip. Here he began searching in his pockets and
eventually discovered a card, which he planked down on the table before Rachel. On it
she read, "Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dalloway, 23 Browne Street, Mayfair."
"Mr. Richard Dalloway," continued Vinrace, "seems to be a gentleman who thinks that
because he was once a member of Parliament, and his wife's the daughter of a peer, they
can have what they like for the asking. They got round poor little Jackson anyhow. Said
they must have passages--produced a letter from Lord Glenaway, asking me as a personal
favour--overruled any objections Jackson made (I don't believe they came to much), and
so there's nothing for it but to submit, I suppose."
But it was evident that for some reason or other Willoughby was quite pleased to submit,
although he made a show of growling.
The truth was that Mr. and Mrs. Dalloway had found themselves stranded in Lisbon.
They had been travelling on the Continent for some weeks, chiefly with a view to
broadening Mr. Dalloway's mind. Unable for a season, by one of the accidents of political
life, to serve his country in Parliament, Mr. Dalloway was doing the best he could to
serve it out of Parliament. For that purpose the Latin countries did very well, although the
East, of course, would have done better.
"Expect to hear of me next in Petersburg or Teheran," he had said, turning to wave
farewell from the steps of the Travellers'. But a disease had broken out in the East, there