Hundreds of well-wishers, including Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and members of the press greeted him on the deck of the ship. Given his shy nature, he was a bit uneasy at first.
When Chaplin stepped out on the A deck of the Olympic in front of a battery of moving picture machines he gave an affected start and said to an official of the company: "Gracious, what are these?" When told they were moving picture machines and they would not harm him, the film star appeared relieved and said, "Oh, thanks, so much; I am not afraid." 1Due to his recent divorce from Mildred Harris, Charlie was naturally asked about his marital plans.*
"Do you intend to marry again," he was asked.
"No, never," he replied. "I am through with that business."_________________________________________________________________________________
1 New York Times, September 4th, 1921
*Before Charlie's departure in Los Angeles, his brother, Sydney, famously told press agent, Carlyle Robinson: "For God's sake, don't let him get married!"