Showboat Author:Edna Ferber Ravenel tapped the tip of his shiny, shabby boot with the smart little malacca cane. — Am I to understand I'm being offered the position of juvenile lead on the...Cotton Blossom Floating Palace Theater? — That's the size of it. No responsibility. A chance to see life. — I've seen it, Ravenel answered. — His gaze suddenly became concenrated. A tall, ... more »slim figure appeared on the upper deck. Is that a member of your company?