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CHAPTER TWO - THE CARGO OF RICE

himself into something like warmth and put on the captain's best suit it recurred to him; the brig was groaning as if in stress.
He came on deck again to see how the working party was progressing. He had hardly been on deck two minutes when one of the Frenchmen, reaching back for another length of line, stopped in his movement to stare at the deck. He picked at a deck seam, looked up and caught Hornblower's eye, and called to him. Hornblower made no pretence of understanding the words; the gestures explained themselves. The deck seam was opening a little; the pitch was bulging out of it. Hornblower looked at the phenomenon without understanding it - only a foot or two of the seam was open, and the rest of the deck seemed solid enough. No! Now that his attention was called to it, and he looked further, there were one or two other places in the deck where the pitch had risen in ridges from out of the seams. It was something beyond his limited experience, even beyond his extensive reading. But the French captain was at his side staring at the deck too.
`My God!' he said. `The rice ! The rice!'
The French word 'riz' that he used was unknown to Hornblower, but he stamped his foot on the deck and pointed down through it.
`The cargo!' he said in explanation. `It - it grows bigger.'
Matthews was with them now, and without knowing a word of French he understood.
`Didn't I hear this brig was full of rice, sir?' he asked.
`Yes.'
`That's it, then. The water's got into it and it's swelling.'
So it would. Dry rice soaked in water would double or treble its volume. The cargo was swelling and bursting the seams of the ship open. Hornblower remembered the unnatural creaks and groans below. It was a black moment; he looked round at the unfriendly sea for inspiration and support, and found neither. Several seconds passed before he was ready

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