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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

Better if you could foresee a squall in time to get t'gallants in. We have no use for ablative absolutes in the Navy.'
`Yes, sir,' said Hornblower.
He had only just learned what a topgallant was, but he could have told his captain that his mathematical studies were far advanced. He refrained nevertheless; his instincts combined with his recent experiences urged him not to volunteer unsolicited information.
`Well, obey orders, learn your duties, and no harm can come to you. That will do.'
`Thank you, sir,' said Hornblower, retiring.
But the captain's last words to him seemed to be contradicted immediately. Harm began to come to Hornblower from that day forth, despite his obedience to orders and diligent study of his duties, and it stemmed from the arrival in the midshipmen's berth of John Simpson as senior warrant officer. Hornblower was sitting at mess with his colleagues when he first saw him - a brawny good-looking man in his thirties, who came in and stood looking at them just as Hornblower had stood a few days before.
`Hullo!' said somebody, not very cordially.
`Cleveland, my bold friend,' said the newcomer, `come out from that seat. I am going to resume my place at the head of the table.'
`But -'
`Come out, I said,' snapped Simpson.
Cleveland moved along with some show of reluctance, and Simpson took his place, and glowered round the table in reply to the curious glances with which everyone regarded him.
`Yes, my sweet brother officers,' he said, `I am back in the bosom of the family. And I am not surprised that nobody is pleased. You will all be less pleased by the time I am done with you, I may add.'
`But your commission -?' asked somebody, greatly daring.
`My commission?' Simpson leaned forward and tapped the

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