Ports of Call by Jack Vance

By Jack Vance

Myron's mom and dad insisted that he learn economics, and Myron dutifully utilized himself. yet Myron had an aunt--his nice aunt Hester Lojoie, a girl of serious wealth inherited from a useless husband, or even better flamboyance of nature. And while Dame Hester got here into ownership of an area yacht, Myron unexpectedly observed his long-supressed goals of event bloom into new life.

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Today, it meant nothing. The inevitable- reaction that had given early twenty-first-century negroes a slight sense of superiority had already passed away. The convenient word "nigger" was no longer tabu in polite society, but was used without embarrassment by everyone. It had no more emotional content than such labels as republican or methodist, conservative or liberal. Jan's father had been a charming but somewhat feckless Scot who had made a considerable name for himself as a professional magician.

As they approached the front door (which was not very easy to distinguish from the rest of the glass wall facing them) it swung automatically open with a fanfare of trumpets. Jean guessed, correctly, that she would be heartily sick of that fanfare before the day was through. The current Mrs. Boyce greeted them in the delicious coolness of the hail. She was, if truth be known, the main reason for the good turn-out of guests. Perhaps half of them would have come in any case to see Rupert's new house: the waverers had been decided by the reports of Rupert's new wife.

Glancing quickly round the table, he could see nothing suspicious in the faces of his friends. They seemed as intent, and as expectant, as he himself~ "IAMALL" spelled the plate, and returned to its point of equilibrium. "'I am all,'" repeated Rupert. "That's a typical reply. Evasive, yet stimulating. " He paused for a moment, obviously deciding upon his next question. Then he addressed the air once more. " "No," replied the plate promptly. Rupert looked around the table. "It's up to us; sometimes it volunteers information, but this time we'll have to ask definite questions.

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