Nick is on a train to Milan when he changes his mind and decides to continue on to Genoa. The extension of his travels on the train gives him more time in which to not make any immediate decisions about his future.
When he reaches Genoa, Nick runs into Mr. Buttles, Mr. Hicks’s personal secretary. At first Nick feels irritated because he must make conversation with someone. Then he feels relieved; he can again postpone his own “broodings.” Nick’s first question to Buttles is about the whereabouts of the Hickses. Nick wonders if the Hickses’ yacht is at the port in Genoa....
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