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CHAPTER FOUR - THE MAN WHO FELT QUEER

inspection. He saw to it that the oars were properly muffled, that each man had pistol and cutlass, and made sure that every pistol was at half cock so that there was no fear of a premature shot giving warning of the attack. He allocated duties to each man in the loosening of the top sail, laying stress on the possibility that casualties might necessitate unrehearsed changes in the scheme.
`I will mount the rigging first,' said Hornblower.
That had to be the case. He had to lead - it was expected of him. More than that; if he had given any other order it would have excited comment - and contempt.
`Jackson,' went on Hornblower, addressing the coxswain, `you will quit the boat last and take command if I fall.'
`Aye aye, sir.'
It was usual to use the poetic expression `fall' for `die', and it was only after Hornblower had uttered the word that he thought about its horrible real meaning in the present circumstances.
`Is that all understood?' asked Hornblower harshly; it was his mental stress that made his voice grate so.
Everyone nodded except one man.
`Begging your pardon, sir,' said Hales, the young man who pulled stroke oar, `I'm feeling a bit queer-like.'
Hales was a lightly built young fellow of swarthy countenance. He put his hand to his forehead with a vague gesture as he spoke.
`You're not the only one to feel queer,' snapped Hornblower.
The other men chuckled. The thought of running the gauntlet of the shore batteries, of boarding an armed corvette in the teeth of opposition, might well raise apprehension in the breast of a coward. Most of the men detailed for the expedition must have felt qualms to some extent.
`I don't mean that, sir,' said Hales indignantly. "Course I don't.'
But Hornblower and the others paid him no attention.

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