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A ride on the Staten Island Ferry might seem drab to commuters who take it every day, but it's free and gives a breathtaking view of lower Manhattan, says Lillian Marek, a writer of Victorian adventurous that include "Lord Edward's Mysterious Treasure (" and "Lady Emily's Exotic Journey (" The Staten Island Ferry is neither mysterious nor exotic. "It was cheap, but lovely and romantic. Do you know, 'Recuerdo (We%20were%20very%20tired,%20we%20were%20very%20merry%e2%80%94.%20We%20had%20gone%20back%20and%20forth%20all%20night%20on%20the%20ferry;),' the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem? 'We were very tired, we were very merry -- we had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.'"

And that man who didn't pay a dime on her first date? She married him.

-Quentin Fottrell; 415-439-6400;

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