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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

Within an hour the proposed conditions of the duel were known to everyone in the ship. Perhaps it was to Simpson's disadvantage that he had no real friend in the ship, for Cleveland and Hether, his seconds, were not disposed to take too firm a stand regarding the conditions of the duel, and agreed to the terms with only a show of reluctance. The tyrant of the midshipmen's berth was paying the penalty for his tyranny. There was some cynical amusement shown by some of the officers; some of both officers and men eyed Hornblower and Simpson with the curiosity that the prospect of death excites in some minds, as if the two destined opponents were men condemned to the gallows. At noon Lieutenant Masters sent for Hornblower.
`The captain has ordered me to make inquiry into this duel, Mr Hornblower,' he said. `I am instructed to use my best endeavours to compose the quarrel.'
'Yes, sir.'
`Why insist on this satisfaction, Mr Hornblower? I understand there were a few hasty words over wine and cards.'
`Mr Simpson accused me of cheating, sir, before witnesses who were not officers of this ship.'
That was the point. The witnesses were not members of the ship's company. If Hornblower had chosen to disregard Simpson's words as the ramblings of a drunken ill-tempered man, they might have passed unnoticed. But as he had taken the stand he did, there could be no hushing it up now, and Hornblower knew it.
`Even so, there can be satisfaction without a duel, Mr Hornblower.'
`If Mr Simpson will make me a full apology before the same gentlemen, I would be satisfied, sir.'
Simpson was no coward. He would die rather than submit to such a formal humiliation.
`I see. Now I understand you are insisting on rather unusual conditions for the duel?'

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