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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

`Wait for me,' were the last words he said as the donkey was led away back into the city gate.
`He is afraid of the Bey,' said Tapling watching him go.
`I would rather face twenty Beys than Admiral Sir John Jervis in a tantrum. What will he do when he hears about this further delay, with the Fleet on short rations already? He'll have my guts for a necktie.'
`One cannot expect punctuality of these people,' said Hornblower with the easy philosophy of the man who does not bear the responsibility. But he thought of the British Navy, without friends, without allies, maintaining desperately the blockade of a hostile Europe, in face of superior numbers, storms, disease, and now famine.
`Look at that !' said Tapling pointing suddenly.
It was a big grey rat which had made its appearance in the - dry storm gutter that crossed the waterfront here. Regardless of the bright sunshine it sat up and looked round at the world; even when Tapling stamped his foot it showed no great signs of alarm. When he stamped a second time it slowly turned to hide itself again in the drain, missed its footing so ; that it lay writhing for a moment at the mouth of the drain, and then regained its feet and disappeared into the darkness.
`An old rat, I suppose,' said Tapling meditatively. `Senile, possibly. Even blind, it may be.'
Hornblower cared nothing about rats, senile or otherwise. He took a step or two back in the direction of the longboat . and the civilian officer conformed to his movements.
`Rig that mains'l so that it gives us some shade, Maxwell,' said Hornblower. `We're here for the rest of the day.'
`A great comfort,' said Tapling, seating himself on a stone bollard beside the boat, `to be here in a heathen port. No need to worry in case any men run off. No need to worry about liquor. Only about bullocks and barley. And how to get a spark on this tinder.'
He blew through the pipe that he took from his pocket, preparatory to filling it. The boat was shaded by the mainsail

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