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CHAPTER TWO - THE CARGO OF RICE

said the captain. `Of course you have investigated the damage?'
`Of course,' said Hornblower, lying bravely.
But as soon as he could he had a private conversation with
Matthews on the point, and Matthews instantly looked grave.
`Where did the shot hit her, sir?' he asked.
`Somewhere on the port side, forrard, I should judge.'
He and Matthews craned their necks over the ship's side.
`Can't see nothin', sir,' said Matthews. `Lower me over the side in a bowline and I'll see what I can find, sir.'
Hornblower was about to agree and then changed his mind.
`I'll go over the side myself,' he said.
He could not analyse the motives which impelled him to say that. Partly he wanted to see things with his own eyes; partly he was influenced by the doctrine that he should never give an order he was not prepared to carry out himself - but mostly it must have been the desire to impose a penance on himself for his negligence.
Matthews and Carson put a bowline round him and lowered him over. He found himself dangling against the ship's side, with the sea bubbling just below him; as the ship pitched the sea came up to meet him, and he was wet to the waist in the first five seconds; and as the ship rolled he was alternately swung away from the side and bumped against it. The men with the line walked steadily aft, giving him the chance to examine the whole side of the brig above water, and there was not a shot hole to be seen. He said as much to Matthews when they hauled him on deck.
`Then it's below the waterline, sir,' said Matthews, saying just what was in Hornblowex's mind. `You're sure the shot hit her, sir?'
`Yes, I'm sure,' snapped Hornblower.
Lack of sleep and worry and a sense of guilt were all shortening his temper, and he had to speak sharply or break down in tears. But he had already decided on the next move -

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