He examined the sack of clay, and questioned Murray and the orkneyman.
Louis and the orkneyman had laid the mast and oars across the boat and had covered them with the sail and a tarpaulin.
He felt confident that he could carry it easily enough, and imitated the orkneyman by starting off at a trot.
Leaving the handling of the sail to the orkneyman, Murray remained stolidly silent in the stern.
A general roar of laughter followed this repartee, as we all thought the orkneyman on shore had scored.