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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

subject. Hornblower had Pellew's order as acting-lieutenant for two months now. To-morrow he would take his examination. If he should pass the admiral would confirm the order next day, and Hornblower would be a lieutenant with two month's seniority already. But if he should fail! That would mean he had been found unfit for lieutenant's rank. He would revert to midshipman, the two months' seniority would be lost, and it would be six months at least before he could try again. Eight months' seniority was a matter of enormous importance. It would affect all his subsequent career.
`Tell Mr Bolton you have my permission to leave the ship to-morrow, and you may use one of the ship's boats.'
`Thank you, sir.'
`Good luck, Hornblower.'
During the next twenty-four hours Hornblower had not merely to try to read all through Norie's Epitome of Navigation again, and Clarke's Complete Handbook of Seamanship, but he had to see that his number one uniform was spick and span. It cost his spirit ration to prevail on the warrant cook to allow the gunroom attendant to heat a flatiron in the galley and iron out his neck handkerchief. Bracegirdle lent him a clean shirt, but there was a feverish moment when it was discovered that the gunroom's supply of shoe blacking had dried to a chip. Two midshipmen had to work it soft with lard, and the resultant compound, when applied to Hornblower's buckled shoes, was stubbornly resistant to taking a polish; only much labour with the gunroom's moulting shoebrush and then with a soft cloth brought those shoes up to a condition of brightness worthy of an examination for lieutenant. And as for the cocked hat - the life of a cocked hat in the midshipman's berth is hard, and some of the dents could not be entirely eliminated.
`Take it off as soon as you can and keep it under your arm,' advised Bracegirdle. `Maybe they won't see you come up the ship's side.'
Everybody turned out to see Hornblower leave the ship, with his sword and his white breeches and his buckled shoes,

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