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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

been playing cards, and enjoying himself. Now he was faced with an issue of life or death. A torrent of thought streamed through his mind. Despite the comfort of his present surroundings he remembered acutely the hideous misery of the life in the Justinian to which he must return. This was an opportunity to end that misery one way or the other. He remembered how he had contemplated killing himself, and into the back of his mind stole the germ of the plan upon which he was going to act. His decision crystallized.
`That is an insulting remark, Mr Simpson,' he said. He looked round and met the eyes of Chalk and Caldwell, who were suddenly grave; Simpson was still merely stupid. 'For that I shall have to ask satisfaction.'
`Satisfaction?' said Chalk hastily. `Come, come. Mr Simpson had a momentary loss of temper. I am sure he will explain.'
`I have been accused of cheating at cards,' said Hornblower. `That is a hard thing to explain away.'
He was trying to behave like a grown man; more than that, he was trying to act like a man consumed with indignation, while actually there was no indignation within him ovcr the point in dispute, for he understood too well the muddled state of mind which had led Simpson to say what he did. But the opportunity had presented itself, he had determined to avail himself of it, and now what he had to do was to play the part convincingly of the man who has received a mortal insult.
`The wine was in and the wit was out,' said Chalk, still determined on keeping the peace. `Mr Simpson was speaking in jest, I am sure. Let's call for another bottle and drink it in friendship.'
`With pleasure,' said Hornblower, fumbling for the words which would set the dispute beyond reconciliation. `If Mr Simpson will beg my pardon at once before you two gentlemen, and admit that he spoke without justification and in a manner no gentleman would employ.'
He turned and met Simpson's eye with defiance as he

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