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CHAPTER THREE - THE PENALTY OF FAILURE

What woke him late in the day was when Matthews, cramped and weary, was compelled to surrender the tiller to Carson, and after that they kept watch and watch, a hand at the sheet and a hand at the tiller and the others trying to rest. Hornblower took his turn at the sheet, but he would not trust himself with the tiller, especially when night fell; he knew he had not the knack of keeping the boat on her course by the feel of the wind on his cheek and the tiller in his hand.
It was not until long after breakfast the next day - almost noon in fact - that they sighted the sail. It was a Frenchman who saw it first, and his excited cry roused them all. There were three square topsails coming up over the horizon on their weather bow, nearing them so rapidly on a converging course that each time the boat rose on a wave a considerably greater area of canvas was visible.
`What do you think she is, Matthews?' asked Hornblower, while the boat buzzed with the Frenchmen's excitement.
`I can't tell, sir, but I don't like the looks of her,' said Matthews doubtfully. `She ought to have her t'gallants set in this breeze - and her courses too, an' she hasn't. An' I don't like the cut of her jib, sir. She - she might be a Frenchie to me, sir.'
Any ship travelling for peaceful purposes would naturally have all possible sail set. This ship had not. Hence she was engaged in some belligerent design, but there were more chances that she was British than that she was French, even in here in the Bay. Hornblower took a long look at her; a smallish vessel, although ship-rigged. Flush-decked, with a look of speed about her - her hull was visible at intervals now, with a line of gunports.
`She looks French all over to me, sir,' said Hunter. `Privateer, seemly.'
`Stand by to jibe,' said Hornblower.
They brought the boat round before the wind, heading directly away from the ship. But in war as in the jungle, to fly is to invite pursuit and attack. The ship set courses and

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