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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

ACTING-LIEUTENANT HORNBLOWER sat in the sternsheets of the longboat beside Mr Tapling of the diplomatic service, with his feet among bags of gold. About him rose the steep shores of the Gulf of Oran, and ahead of him lay the city, white in the sunshine, like a mass of blocks of marble dumped by a careless hand upon the hillsides where they rose from the water. The oar blades, as the boat's crew pulled away rhythmically over the gentle swell, were biting into the clearest emerald green, and it was only a moment since they had left behind the bluest the Mediterranean could show.
`A pretty sight from here,' said Tapling, gazing at the town they were approaching, `but closer inspection will show that the eye is deceived. And as for the nose! The stinks of the true believers have to be smelt to be believed. Lay her alongside the jetty there, Mr Hornblower, beyond those xebecs.'
`Aye aye, sir,' said the coxswain, when Hornblower gave the order.
`There's a sentry on the waterfront battery here,' commented Tapling, looking about him keenly, `not more than half asleep, either. And notice the two guns in the two castles. Thirty-two pounders, without a doubt. Stone shot piled in readiness. A stone shot flying into fragments on impact effects damage out of proportion to its size. And the walls seem sound enough. To seize Oran by a coup de main would not be easy, I am afraid. If His Nibs the Bey should choose'to cut our throats and keep our gold it would be long before we 'were avenged, Mr Hornblower.'
`I don't think I should find any satisfaction in being avenged in any case, sir,' said Hornblower.
`There's some truth in that. But doubtless His Nibs will spare us this time. The goose lays golden eggs - a boatload of

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