In an' out, up an' down, lendin' a hand or settin' a stitch or tendin' a baby, all in the day's work, an' queenin' it over the hull lot, that's our 'Goober Glory, bless her! And evil to anybody would harm the child, say I! Though who'd do ill to her? Is't a bit of word you'd be after leavin', ma'am?" said Meg, with both kindness and curiosity. "Thank you.
They thought it was a great joke, a score against the cabin. They thought Newman had boldly slipped away from work to meet the lady. "The Big Un's queenin', b'gawd, right under the Old Man's nose!" That's how Boston put it. I did nothing. I made no break. Luckily. At seven bells, Lynch marshaled us aft again, to set the spanker this time.
Newman had been "queenin'," with his feet in the ocean, so to speak. But he had been up to something else, as well. As he and I walked forward, after the watch was relieved, we were overtaken by Lindquist, who was coming from the helm. "Vat you ban doing mit da longboat to-night?" he asked Newman, curiously. "Nothing, lad.