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CHAPTER FOUR - THE MAN WHO FELT QUEER

thoughts. `No merchantman. Ten guns a side, and full of men.'
Nearer two hundred men than a hundred, certainly - plentiful opposition for a hundred and twenty British seamen.
`But we will be attacking her by night and taking her by surprise,' said Eccles, reading their thoughts again.
`Surprise,' put in Pellew, `is more than half the battle, as you know, gentlemen - please pardon the interruption, Mr Eccles.'
`At the moment,' went on Eccles, `we are out of sight of land. We are about to stand in again. We have never hung about this part of the coast, and the Frogs'll think we've gone for good. We'll make the land after nightfall, stand in as far as possible, and then the boats will go in. High water to-morrow morning is at four-fifty; dawn is at five-thirty. The attack will be delivered at four-thirty so that the watch below will have had time to get to sleep. The launch will attack on the starboard quarter, and the cutter on the larboard quarter. Mr Mallory's gig will attack on the larboard bow, and Mr Chadd's on the starboard bow. Mr Chadd will be responsible for cutting the corvette's cable as soon as he has mastered the forecastle, and the other boats' crews have at least reached the quarterdeck.'
Eccles looked round at the other three commanders of the large boats, and they nodded understanding. Then he went on.
`Mr Hornblower with the jolly boat will wait until the attack has gained a foothold on the deck. He will then board at the main chains, either to starboard or larboard as he sees fit, and he will at once ascend the main rigging, paying no attention to whatever fighting is going on on deck. He will see to it that the maintopsail is loosed and he will sheet it home on receipt of further orders. I myself, or Mr Soames in the event of my being killed or wounded, will send two hands to the wheel and will attend to steering the corvette as soon as she is under way. The tide will take us out, and the Indefatigable

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