Show Boat Author:Edna Ferber Ravenal tapped the tip of his shiny, shabby boot with the smart little malacca cane. "Am I to understand that I am being offered the position of-ah-juvenile lead on the-"He glanced upward."-Cotton Blossom Floating Palace Theatre?" — "That's the size of it. No responsibility. A chance to see life." — "I've seen it." Ravenal answered. — His gaze sudd... more »enly became concentrated. A tall, slim figure had appeared on the upper deck. The upraised arm served to enhance the delicate curve of the pliant young figure in its white sheath. "Is that a member of your company?"
"That? That's my daughter Magnolia."
Five minutes later, bending over her hand, Ravenal did not know whether to curse the crack in his shoe for shaming him before her, or to bless it for having been the cause of his being where he was.« less