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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

`How do you want to fight him? As the aggrieved party you have the choice of weapons.'
`I've been thinking about it ever since he insulted me,' said Hornblower temporizing. It was not easy to come out with his idea in bald words, after all.
`Have you any skill with the small-sword?' asked Danvers. `No,' said Hornblower. Truth to tell, he had never even handled one.
`Then it had better be pistols,' said Preston.
'Simpson is probably a good shot,' said Danvers. `I wouldn't care to stand up before him myself.'
`Easy now,' said Preston hastily. `Don't dishearten the man.'
`I'm not disheartened,' said Hornblower, `I was thinking the same thing myself.'
`You're cool enough about it, then,' marvelled Danvers. Hornblower shrugged.
`Maybe I am. I hardly care. But I've thought that we might make the chances more even.'
'How?'
`We could make them exactly even,' said Hornblower, taking the plunge. `Have two pistols, one loaded and the other empty. Simpson and I would take our choice without knowing which was which. Then we stand within a yard of each other, and at the word we fire.'
`My God P said Danvers.
`I don't think that would be legal,' said Preston. `It would mean one of you would be killed for certain.'
`Killing is the object of duelling,' said Hornblower. `If the conditions aren't unfair I don't think any objection can be raised.'
`But would you carry it out to the end?' marvelled Danvers. `Mr Danvers -'began Hornblower; but Preston interfered. `We don't want another duel on our hands,' he said.
'Danvers only meant he wouldn't care to do it ,himself. We'll discuss it with Cleveland and Hether, and see what they say.'

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