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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

Medrterranean fleet all round that danger was at an end. Two hands at the oars of the gig sent her skimming over the water, and in ten minutes Hornblower was reporting his arrival to the admiral.
`You say she shows a fair turn of speed?' said the latter, looking over at the prize.
`Yes, Sir. And she's handy enough,' said Hornblower.
`I'll purchase her into the service. Never enough despatch vessels,' mused the Admiral.
Even with that hint it was a pleasant surprise to Hornblower when he received heavily sealed official orders and, opening them, read that `you are hereby requested and required' to take H.M. sloop Le Beve under his command and to proceed `with the utmost expedition' to Plymouth as soon as the despatches destined for England should be put in his charge. It was an independent command; it was a chance of seeing England again (it was three years since Hornblower had last set foot on the English shore) and it was a high professional compliment. But there was another letter, delivered at the same moment, which Hornblower read with less elation.
`Their Excellencies, Major-General Sir Hew and Lady Dalrymple, request the pleasure of Acting-Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower's company at dinner to-day, at three o'clock, at Government House.'
It might be a pleasure to dine with the Governor of Gibraltar and his lady, but it was only a mixed pleasure at best foaacting-lieutenant with a single sea chest, faced with the need
to dress himself suitably for such a function. Yet it was hardly possible for a young man to walk up to Government House from the landing slip without a thrill of excitement, especially as his friend Mr Midshipman Bracegirdle, who came from a wealthy family and had a handsome allowance, had lent him a pair of the finest white stockings of China silk - Bracegirdle's calves were plump, and Hornblower's were skinny, but that difficulty had been artistically circumvented. Two small pads of oakum, some strips of sticking

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