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CHAPTER SIX - THE FROGS AND THE LOBSTERS

`Testing our strength, I suppose,' said Hornblower, with an air of infinite military wisdom.
He would have been shaking with excitement if he had allowed his body to take charge. He did not know if he were being stiltedly unnatural, but even if he were that was better than to display excitement. There was something strangely pleasant, in a nightmare fashion, in standing here posing as a hardened veteran with cannon balls howling overhead; Bracegirdle seemed happy and smiling and quite master of himself, and Hornblower looked sharply at him, wondering if this were as much a pose as his own. He could not tell.
`Here they come again,' said Bracegirdle. `Oh, only skirmishers.'
A few scattered men were running out along the causeway to the bridge. At long musket range they fell to the ground and began spasmodic firing; already there were some dead men lying over there and the skirmishers took cover behind the corpses. On this side of the gap the skirmishers, better sheltered, fired back at them.
`They haven't a chance, here at any rate,' said Bracegirdle. `And look there.'
The main body of the Royalist force, summoned from the town, was marching up along the road. While they watched it, a cannon shot from the other side struck the head of the column and ploughed into it - Hornblower saw dead men flung this way and that, and the column wavered. Pouzauges came riding up and yelled orders, and the column, leaving its dead and wounded on the road, changed direction and took shelter in the marshy fields beside the causeway.
With nearly all the Royalist force assembled, it seemed indeed as if it would be utterly impossible for the Revolutionaries to force a crossing here.
`I'd better report on this to the Lobsters,' said Hornblower.
`There was firing down that way at dawn,' agreed Bracegirdle.
Skirting the wide marsh here ran a narrow path through

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