But just before she could
throw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her.
"You have so much to live
for," said the man. "I'm a sailor, and we're off to Europe tomorrow,
and I can stow you away on my ship. "I'll take care of you, bring
you food every day, and keep you happy."
With nothing to lose,
combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Europe, the woman accepted.
That night the sailor
brought her aboard and hid her in a small, but comfortable, compartment in the hold.
From then on, every night he
would bring her three sandwiches and make love to her until dawn.
Three weeks later she was
discovered by the Captain during a routine inspection.
"What are you doing here?" asked the Captain.
"I have an arrangement with
one of the sailors," she replied. "He brings food and I get a free trip to Europe."
"I see," the Captain says.
Her conscience got the best
of her and she added, "plus, he's making love to me."
"He certainly is," replied
the Captain, "this is the Staten Island Ferry "