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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

vision. Forward by the forecastle were gathered the rest of the Spaniards, a large group of them; as Hornblower came forward, one of them fired a musket at him but the ball went wide. Down below him the rowers were still swinging rhythmically, forward and back, forward and back, the hairy heads and the naked bodies moving in time to the oars; in time to the voice of the overseer, too, for the latter was still standing on the gangway (the rest of the Spaniards were clustered behind him) calling the time -`Seis, siete, ocho.'
`Stop!' bellowed Hornblower.
He walked to the starboard side to be in full view of the starboard side rowers. He held up his hand and bellowed again. A hairy face or two was raised, but the oars still swung.
'Uno, doce, tres,' said the overseer.
Jackson appeared at Hornblower's elbow, and levelled a pistol to shoot the nearest rower.
`Oh, belay that!' said Hornblower testily. He knew he was sick of killings now. `Find my pistols and reload them.'
He stood at the top of the companion like a man in a dream - in a nightmare. The galley slaves went on swinging and pulling; his dozen enemies were still clustered at the break of the forecastle thirty yards away; behind him the wounded Spaniards groaned away their lives. Another appeal to the rowers was as much ignored as the preceding ones. Oldroyd must have had the clearest head or have recovered himself quickest.
`I'll haul down his colours, sir, shall I? he said.
Hornblower woke from his dream. On a staff above the taffrail fluttered the yellow and red.
`Yes, haul 'em down at once,' he said.
Now his mind was clear, and now his horizon was no longer bounded by the narrow limits of the galley. He looked about him, over the blue, blue sea. There were the merchant ships; over there lay the Indefatigable. Behind him boiled the white wake of the galley - a curved wake. Not until that moment did he realize that he was in control of the tiller, and

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