The laughter rang louder; they clung to the gate, to the posts, rested on their staves, in the weakness engendered by their convulsions at the spectacle of Car. Our heroine, who had hitherto held her peace, at this wild moment could not help joining in with the rest.
With necessary slowness he picked his way through the passengers down to the steps at the front of the car.
His wife followed, but she first turned her eyes and saw the escaped tourist glide from behind the furniture van and slip behind a tree on the edge of the little park, not fifty feet away.
Its car touched a clump of trees, and the black figure that had been struggling in the ropes fell back, or jumped back, into the car. In another moment it was quite close.
In half a dozen seconds the whole diffused population of the beach had, as it were, crystallised on the rope, and was pulling against the balloon under the vehement and stimulating directions of the man in the car. "Pull, I tell you!" said the man in the car--"pull!"
"Pull her in," said the man in the car. "SHE'S FAINTED!"
If the worst happens, we can sit in the car. The water won't be above our heads and there are some boats about.
Gerald leaped from the car. The water was over his knees.
Now turn out those porters, and tell the inspector to stop anyone from coming into the car."
The little crowd stood on one side and the two men stepped into the car.
'I was in too much of a hurry to get one, and I gave all my money to the man who drove the car.
That's why I had to ask you to pay my fare.
At half-past eight, famished, tottering, I washed up, changed my clothes, and dragged my weary body to the car.
It was three miles to where I lived, and I had received a pass with the stipulation that I could sit down as long as there were no paying passengers in need of a seat.