As a matter of fact, it is distinguished by an exceptional inscription of a sufficiently curious nature. But may I ask what has procured for me the honour of your visit?" "O," she cried, "I don't care a fig for its remarkable inscriptions. There never was a more exquisitely delicate cat-face. Of course you believe that she is a real goddess, don't you, Monsieur Pigeonneau?"
Mabel seized a pebble, and threw it with such success that the swaying stopped, and a reproachful cat-face looked round at her. "There!" said Mabel comfortably; and then, "Well, what do you really think?" Maggie smiled reflectively. "That's exactly what I don't know myself in the very least. As I said, all this seems to me more like a dream and a very bad one.
"Presently Old Cat-face opened her door, and then, without giving the native ladies time to utter a word, she launched out at them in her bastard-mongrel Samoan-Tongan. The first thing she said was that she knew the kind of women they were, and what had brought them on board! How dared such brazen, shameless cattle come into the cabin! Into the same cabin as a white lady!