It was what is called an uneventful trip. The ship (long, tall, narrow, beautiful Ile de France) lurched. There were no accidents (except for 200 chairs and 12 people which toppled upon each other at a cinema), no thefts, no speed records.

There were no more than a normal number of celebrities. One of them met, shook hands with 22 Smith College girls. He and his wife inspected the ship. He liked the Punch and Judy shows; she, the kitchen. Stewards, officers knew who they were. Many passengers did not. They were Mr. and...

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