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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

There could be a morbid desire for danger - and a morbid desire to occupy momentarily the centre of the stage. Keene was waiting for him to speak, and it was hard to say anything.
`I understand, sir,' he said at last.
Keene shifted in his chair again.
`There is another matter I wanted to take up with you, Mr Hornblower. Captain Pellew of the Indefatigable has room for another midshipman. Captain Pellew is partial to a game of whist, and has no good fourth on board. He and I have agreed to consider favourably your application for a transfer should you care to make one. I don't have to point out that any ambitious young officer would jump at the chance of serving in a frigate.'
`A frigate!' said Hornblower.
Everybody knew of Pellew's reputation and success. Distinction, promotion, prize money - an officer under Pellew's command could hope for all these. Competition for nomination to the Indefatigable must be intense, and this was the chance of a lifetime. Hornblower was on the point of making a glad acceptance, when further considerations restrained him.
`That is very good of you, sir,' he said `I do not know how to thank you. But you accepted me as a midshipman here, and of course I must stay with you.'
The drawn, apprehensive face relaxed into a smile.
`Not many men would have said that,' said Keene. `But I am going to insist on your accepting the offer. I shall not live very much longer to appreciate your loyalty. And this ship is not the place for you - this ship with her useless captain - don't interrupt me - and her worn-out first lieutenant and her old midshipmen. You should be where there may be speedy opportunities of advancement. I have the good of the service in mind, Mr Hornblower, when I suggest you accept Captain Pellew's invitation - and it might be less disturbing for me if you did.'
`Aye aye, sir,' said Hornblower.

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