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CHAPTER THREE - THE PENALTY OF FAILURE

longer be available to prey on English commerce. That was the point that Sir Edward Pellew made in conversation with Hornblower, when the latter came on board to report himself. Hornblower had begun, at Pellew's order, by recounting what had happened to him from the time he had been sent as prize master on board the Nlarie Galante. As Hornblower had expected - perhaps as he had even feared - Pellew had passed lightly over the loss of the brig. She had been damaged by gunfire before surrendering, and no one now could establish whether the damage was small or great. Pellew did not give the matter a second thought. Hornblower had tried to save her and had been unsuccessful with his tiny crew - and at that moment the Indefatigable could not spare him a larger crew. He did not hold Hornblower culpable. Once again, it was more important that France should be deprived of the Marie Galante's cargo than that England should benefit by it. The situation was exactly parallel to that of the salvaging of the Pique.
`It was lucky she caught fire like that,' commented Pellew, looking across to where the Pique lay, still hove-to with the boats clustering about her but with only the thinnest trail of smoke drifting from her stern. `She was running clean away from us, and would have been out of sight in an hour. Have you any idea how it happened, Mr Hornblower?'
Hornblower was naturally expecting that question and was ready for it. Now was the time to answer truthfully and modestly, to receive the praise he deserved, a mention in the Gazette, perhaps even appointment as acting-lieutenant. But Pellew did not know the full details of the loss of the brig, and might make a false estimate of them even if he did.
`No, sir,' said Hornblower. `I think it must have been spontaneous combustion in the paint-locker. I can't account for it otherwise.'
He alone knew of his remissness in plugging that shot-hole, he alone could decide on his punishment, and this was what

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