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CHAPTER I

"Curse and blast !" Denis tossed the oar into the dinghy's bow and stared sullenly at the ebbing waters. He was five feet four, with curly brown hair and greyish blue eyes. In three months he would be seventeen ; and in twenty-four hours time he would be back at Eton. He put on his coat and sat down in the stern-sheets of the Cormorant. He knew from a little red table in the hall that low water at Speenmouth steps would not be till four ; and another two hours at least before the returning tide would lift the dinghy off the mudbank.
He wiped his face with a handkerchief. He was still hot from clumsy oar-thrusts at the black mud, that opened to the blade and closed with a sucking gasp, as he wrenched it free again. Once he had tried walking on the mud without pattens, and if a passing fisherman had not yelled to throw himself flat, the slime would have closed above his head before help could have come.
In the twelve-foot dinghy the lug-sail lay crumpled where he had let it down with a run. Ropes straggled everywhere and whipped the canvas in the breeze. Denis gazed ruefully at the slender trickle oozing from the flats and found it far from beautiful. As a rule he was fond of paintingslight water-colour sketches that had feeling in them. But the low April sun, tinging the last swirls of the river, left him unmoved. He did not notice the yellow green sprouts of the reed beds. At other times he would have puzzled their sunlit values against the cobalt of the distant island ; ranged the zigzag course of the river into a pattern of sorts ; steered the dinghy so that old Harry's seedy looking booms slashed the skyline at a proper, if unboomlike angle. But there was no steering to be done for some three and a half

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