National Geographic : 1956 Jan
The National Geographic Magazine "Let's go," said Jean. "We can pay well, and make up for the flowers." Katina's home proved to be a snug white washed cottage set in a tree-filled courtyard and surrounded by flowers. Her mother was preparing bunches of carnations for Katina to sell (page 51). "I will call my husband," said Maria Pap pas. "He speaks English." Alexander Pappas was tall and lean, his muscled arms burned almost black by the summer sun. He shook our hands warmly. "How you do," he greeted us. "I am you welcome." "We're delighted to meet you," I replied. "Katina said you might be able to give us lunch. We'd like that, if you'll let us pay for it." A look familiar to travelers, that of a man who hasn't the slightest idea of what has just been said to him, spread across his handsome face. "One wait little, please," he said, drawing George aside and speaking to him softly, out of earshot of his family. George hurried back to us. "During the Greek civil war," he explained, "Alexander met American officers who were training our Army. He learned a few words of English. But his wife and daughter think he speaks it fluently and are very proud of his ability. He's most embarrassed, but he asks if you'll stay for lunch and speak English to him. Never mind what he answers, but please pre tend to understand." Alexander Tries His English I winked at Alexander, and he smiled with relief. I remarked in English on the beauty of his house and farm. "Attention right face left face about face column right to the rear march attention," he replied. We smiled and nodded. "It certainly is," said Jean. "Ex actly what I would have said." "Range 300 mortars rifles gre nades ammo roger dodger," an swered Alexander, with considerable feeling, while Katina and Maria gaped proudly at their bilingual hero. It was a slightly hysterical lunch, Paul's Sermon to the Athenians Endures on Mars' Hill "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' Hill and said, Ye men of Athens ... God that made the world... dwelleth not in temples made with hands ... For in him we live, and move, and have our being." George Galavaris, Greek archeologist who accompanied the authors on their tour, reads the account, quoted from Acts 17:22-31. Known also as the Areopagus, Mars' Hill was the meeting place of the ancient Council of Athens. It stands above the Agora, or market place.