TRANSPORT: Man Overboard

One afternoon last week, as the Grace Line steamship Santa Clara lazed through the blue Caribbean, a man named Tomas Montanez was leaning against one of her bulwarks, out of sight of the bridge. Even in the small world of the ship, he was a minor figure; he was the ship's carpenter. But 30 seconds later, Tomas Montanez was a new, superior and infinitely precious being. He had fallen overboard.

As he surfaced, surprised and strangling, he gasped in the enormous drama of his new position. The ship, already out of earshot, went trudging remorselessly on her way. Inspired, Tomas...

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