without hostility or disgust, but in his eyes
Lee saw a curious detachment, the imper-
sonal calm of an animal or a child.
Later, when they lay side by side smoking,
Lee said, “Oh, by the way, you said you had a
camera in pawn you were about to lose?” It
occurred to Lee that to bring the matter up at
this time was not tactful, but he decided the
other was not the type to take offense.
“Yes. In for four hundred pesos. The ticket
runs out next Wednesday.”
“Well, let’s go down tomorrow and get it
Allerton raised one bare shoulder off the
sheet. “O.K.,” he said.
Thursday Lee went to the races, on the re-
commendation of Tom Weston. Weston was
an amateur astrologer, and he assured Lee
the signs were right. Lee lost five races, and
took a taxi back to the Ship Ahoy.
Mary and Allerton were sitting at a table
with the Peruvian chess player. Allerton