)Goodbye,, Abilene shouted to her
grandmother. )/ love you.,
The ship pulled away from the dock.
Pellegrina waved to Abilene.
)Goodbye, lady,, she called, )goodbye.,
Edward felt something damp in his ears.
Abilene0s tears, he supposed. He wished that
she would not hold him so tight. To be
clutched so fiercely often resulted in wrinkled
clothing. 1inally, all the people on land,
including Pellegrina, dis2appeared. Edward, for
one, was relieved to see the last of her.
As was to be e3pected, Edward Tulane
e3acted much attention onboard the ship.
)-hat a singular rabbit,, said an elderly
lady with three strings of pearls wrapped
around her neck. She bent down to look more
closely at Edward.
)Thank you,, said Abilene.
Several little girls onboard gave Edward
deep glances full of longing. They asked
Abilene if they might hold him.
)No,, said Abilene, )/0m afraid that he0s