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CHAPTER ONE

`I love you,' his eyes told her. `I love you. You are mine. You shall not escape me.'
But aloud he spoke conventionally even while there was a depth and a resonance in his voice that had not been there before.
Phillida said very little, uttering only monosyllables with downcast eyes while Sir Harry talked and Lady Gillingham strove to attract his attention.
How long they sat in the Great Chamber with its ornamental plasterwork ceiling and tall mantelpiece of mixed marble Rodney did not know. His thoughts and concentration were bemused by Phillida's beauty, and when finally Sir Harry drew him aside into another room where they could talk undisturbed, he asked first, not for the gold for which he had come from London, but for Phillida's hand in marriage.
" I thought it was for another reason you honoured my house with a visit," Sir Harry boomed, his eyes twinkling.
" That is true, Sir. My god-father will, I think, have given you some idea why I sought an introduction to you."
" There is a ship you wish to buy, I believe."
" Yes, Sir. Sir Francis has advanced me two thousand pounds towards it. I can put up two thousand of my own money, and I need another two."
" And your aim?"
" To do as I did with Sir Francis Drake on our voyage round the world-bring home the treasure of Spain for the glory of England and the discomfiture of our enemies."
" You hope to find another San Felipe!" Sir Harry smiled.
" The cargo was valued at one hundred and fourteen thousand pounds sterling, Sir."
" And you aim to be as successful?"
" If I am a quarter as successful, Sir, the shareholders in my ship will not complain."
" God's life, no ! You think you have enough experience for command?"
" I am sure of it, Sir. For two years I served in the Queen's ships. I bought myself free to sail with Drake on the Golden Hind. I was with him last year when he captured the San Felipe. Now I crave to be on my own. I wish to make a fortune -and to make it quickly."

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