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CHAPTER FOUR - THE MAN WHO FELT QUEER

will be awaiting us just out of gunshot from the shore batteries.'
`Any comments, gentlemen?' asked Pellew.
That was the moment when Hornblower should have spoken up - the only moment when he could. Eccles' orders had set in motion sick feelings of apprehension in his stomach. Hornblower was no maintopman, and Hornblower knew it. He hated heights, and he hated going aloft. He knew he had none of the monkey-like agility and self-confidence of the good seaman. He was unsure of himself aloft in the dark
even in the Indefatigable, and he was utterly appalled at the thought of going aloft in an entirely strange ship and finding
his way among strange rigging. He felt himself quite unfitted for the duty assigned to him, and he should have raised a protest at once on account of his unfitness. But he let the opportunity pass, for he was overcome by the matter-of-fact way in which the other officers accepted the plan. He looked round at the unmoved faces; nobody was paying any attention to him, and he jibbed at making himself conspicuous. He swallowed; he even got as far as opening his mouth, but still no one looked at him, and his protest died stillborn.
`Very well, then, gentlemen,' said Pellew. `I think you had better go into the details, Mr Eccles.'
Then it was too late. Eccles, with the chart before him, was pointing out the course to be taken through the shoals and mudbanks of the Gironde, and expatiating on the position of the shore batteries and on the influence of the lighthouse of Cordouan upon the distance to which the Indefatigable could approach in daylight. Hornblower listened, trying to concentrate despite his apprehensions. Eccles finished his remarks and Pellew closed the meeting.
`Since you all know your duties, gentlemen, I think you should start your preparations. The sun is about to set and you will find you have plenty to do.'
The boats crews had to be told off; it was necessary to see that the men were armed, and that the boats were provisioned

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