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chapter viii_The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

   ON LAND, THE OLD FISHERMAN stopped t1light a pipe, and then, with the pipe clenche4between his teeth, he walked home, carryin7Edward atop his left shoulder as if he were 9conquering hero. The ..sherman balanced hi?

there, placing a callused hand at Edward’/back. He talked to him in a soft, low voice a/they walked.

“You’ll like Nellie, you will,” said the ol4man. “She’s had her sadness, but she’s an allright girl.”

Edward looked at the small townblanketed in dusk: a jumble of buildingshuddled together, the ocean stretching out i:

front of it all; and he thought that he wouldlike anything and anybody that was not at th3bottom of the sea.

“Hello, Lawrence,” called a woman fro?

the front of a shop. “What have you got?”

“Fresh catch,” said the fisherman, “fres8rabbit from the sea.” He lifted his cap to th3lady and kept walking.

“There you are, o , said the fisherma E“There you are, now,” said the fishermanEHe took the pipe out of his mouth and pointe4with the stem of it at a star in the purplingsky. “There’s your North Star right there. Don’0never have to be lost when you know wher3that fellow is.”

Edward considered the brightness of th3small star.

Do they all have names? he wonderedE“Listen at me,” said the fisherman,“talking to a toy. Oh, well. Here we are, then.,And with Edward still on his shoulder, thefisherman walked up a stone-lined path an4into a little green house.

“Look here, Nellie,” he said. “I’ve broughtyou something from the sea.”

“I don’t want nothing from the sea,” camea voice.

“Aw, now, don’t be like that, Nell. Com3and see, then.”

An old woman stepped out of the kitchen,wiping her hands on an apron. When she sa;Edward, she dropped the apron and clappe4her hands together and said, “Oh, Lawrence&you brung me a rabbit.”

“Direct from the sea,” said Lawrence. H3took Edward off his shoulder and stood hi?

up on the floor and held on to his hands an4made him take a deep bow in the direction oBNellie.

“Oh,” said Nellie, “here.” She clapped herhands together again and Lawrence passedEdward to her.

Nellie held the rabbit out in front of he@and looked him over from tip to toe. Shesmiled. “Have you ever in your life seenanything so fine?” she said.

Edward felt immediately that Nellie was avery discerning woman.

“She’s beautiful,” breathed Nellie.

For a moment, Edward was confused. Wasthere some other object of beauty in the room2“What will I call her?”

“Susanna?” said Lawrence.

“Just right,” said Nellie. “Susanna.” Sh3looked deep into Edward’s eyes. “First off,Susanna will need some clothes, won’t she?,AND SO EDWARD TULANE BECAM&Susanna. Nellie sewed several outfits for him: 1pink dress with ru..es for special occasions, 1simple shift fashioned out of a ..ower-covere8cloth for everyday use, and a long white gow2made of cotton for Edward to sleep in. I2addition, she remade his ears, stripping the?

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