in the blink of an eye

it all happened in the blink of an eye

scour american bookshops for my research material

 

bow – dziob statku

blustery = windy

take your feet off the table right away

we used to live in a street off central park

 

wind coming straight in off the atlantic

wheelhouse = pilothouse – sterowka

 

never stop chasing your dreams

weather beaten face

 

cast off – odcumowac

before making ready to cast off

they looked down through the window at the old lady

 

she would be a perfect model with this poise

POISE – pewnosc siebie

 

poise – wytwornosc gracja

prologue

 

swathed in sth – owiniety

sable coat and matching hat

 

too fashionably dressed for someone of advanced years

my children are so dainty when it comes to food

dainty – przysmak, smakolyk

whereabouts

 

that sort of woman

he went over to the phone

those boots were hardly suitable for a boat trip

he was more concerned that she ha no companion

 

her stance – nastawienie, postawa

scan – przegladac, przeszukiwac, uwaznie ale szybko teren

 

waterfront – nadbrzeze

he found the way her eyes scanned the waterfront very suspisious

her folks are out looking for her

 

she got out of a fancy carriage

if she catches a chill we will be blamed

 

he scratched his head

if we dont take her, someone else will, and maybe rob her too

 

goddam it

i want to please her

its a whole lot too much

she half smiled at that

the elderly – starsi, ludzie w podeszlym wieku

the very needy

 

the elderly, the very needy

pluck at his heart strings

 

with no strings attached!?

fuck off

back off

 

plucking my eyebrow’s

pluck – szarpac struny, brzdakac

 

the needy, the elderly always plucked at his heart strings

 

she shrugged and walked away

its been long since forgotten

she had long since lost count of the loans he’d make to his brothers and sisters which were never repaid

 

tenement – dom czynszowy

 

that was one of the reasons why they still lived in a cramped tenement

that fur cost a whole lot more than we can make in a couple of years

she shrugged

 

dismissive shrug – lekcewazace wzruszenie

chug along

 

past the busy wharves

wharf = wharves

nabrzeze, przystan

canary wharf

 

the old lady took a deep breath of the smoky, fishy-smelling air

smoky – zadymiony, wypelniony dymem

 

she smiled at the memories it evoked

evoke – wywolywac, przywolywac

 

aerial

 

in the intervening years – w tym czasie

the place had changed dramatically

 

crammed with – zapelniony czyms

in her time

 

quay = waterfront = wharf

cobbled quay

 

flapping in the wind, swinging in the wind

sails flapping in the wind

flapping and crackling – szeleszczacy

 

rustling

rustle

szelest

 

warehouse – magazyn, skla

he saw the warehouse ahead

a clerk took us back to the warehouse

 

he ran across the warehouse to the opposite end

saloon – bar, szybk

 

rickety – chwiejny, rozklekotany, chybotliwy

higgledy-piggledy – w bezladzie

 

the ships were mostly steamers

all of fine sturdy brick

 

sturdy – mocny wytrzymaly

 

stevedore – robotnik portowy

yelling to one another

 

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