TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
bet there would be plenty of trouble, too, let alone
They came out and they were scared and they
didn't have any guns but there were twelve of them.
I walked backwards down to the stern holding the
pump-gun. 'Get overboard/ I said. 'It's not over
'Over you go.'
'You yellow rat-eating aliens/ Eddy said, 'get
'Shut your drunken mouth,' I told him.
'No swim,' one Chink said.
%No need swim,' I said. 'No deep.'
'Come on, get overboard,' Eddy said.
'Come astern here/ I said. Take your gun in
one hand and your grain pole in the other and show
them how deep it is.'
He showed them, holding up the wet pole.
'No need swim?' the one asked me.
'You damn crook/ he said and went over the
$, hanging on and then letting go. His head went
under but he came up and his chin was out of
water. 'Damn crook/he said 'Goddamn crook/