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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

'What an infernal piece of bad luck for you,' said a second man at the table, with a complete absence of sympathy.
At that moment in the roaring world outside the ship the wind veered sharply, heeling the Justinian a trifle and swinging her round to snub at her cables again. To Hornbiower it seemed more as if the world had come loose from its fastenings. He reeled where he stood, and although he was shuddering with cold he felt sweat on his face.
`I suppose you have come,' said the whiskered man at the head of the table, `to thrust yourself among your betters. Another soft-headed ignoramus come to be a nuisance to those who have to try to teach you your duties. Look at him' -the speaker with a gesture demanded the attention of everyone at the table- `look at him, I say! The King's latest bad bargain. How old are you?'
`S-seventeen, sir,' stuttered Hornblower.
`Seventeen!' the disgust in the speaker's voice was only too evident. `You must start at twelve if you ever wish to be a seaman. Seventeen! Do you know the difference between a head and a halliard?'
That drew a laugh from the group, and the quality of the laugh was just noticeable to Hornblower's whirling brain, so that he guessed that whether he said `yes' or `no' he would be equally exposed to ridicule. He groped for a neutral reply.
`That's the first thing I'll look up in Norie's Seamanship,' he said.
The ship lurched again at that moment, and he clung on to the table.
`Gentlemen,' he began pathetically, wondering how to say what he had in mind.
`My God!' exclaimed somebody at the table. `He's seasick!'
`Seasick in Spithead!' said somebody else, in a tone in which amazement had as much place as disgust.
But Hornblower ceased to care; he was not really conscious of what was going on round him for some time after that. The nervous excitement of the last few days was as much to

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