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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

`Her Grace the Duchess of Wharfedale,' replied the aidede-camp. `Did you not hear Lady Dalrymple's introduction?'
`But she doesn't talk like a duchess,' protested Hornblower.
`No. The old duke was in his dotage when he married her. She was an innkeeper's widow, so her friends say. You can imagine, if you like, what her enemies say.'
`But what is she doing here?' went on Hornblower.
`She is on her way back to England. She was at Florence when the French marched in, I understand. She reached Leghorn, and bribed a coaster to bring her here. She asked Sir Hew to find her a passage, and Sir Hew asked the Admiral - Sir Hew would ask anyone for anything on behalf of a duchess, even one said by her friends to be an innkeeper's widow.
`I see,' said Hornblower.
There was a burst of merriment from the head of the table, and the duchess was prodding the governor's scarlet-coated ribs with the handle of her knife, as if to make sure he saw the joke.
`Maybe you will not lack for mirth on your homeward voyage,' said the aide-de-camp.
Just then a smoking sirloin of beef was put down in front of Hornblower, and all his other worries vanished before the necessity of carving it and remembering his manners. He took the carving knife and fork gingerly in his hands and glanced round at the company.
`May I help you to some of this beef, Your Grace? Madam? Sir? Well done or underdone, sir? A little of the brown fat?'
In the hot room the sweat ran down his face as he wrestled with the joint; he was fortunate that most of the guests desired helpings from the other removes so that he had little carving to do. He put a couple of haggled slices on his own plate as the simplest way of concealing the worst results of his own handiwork.
`Beef from Tetuan,' sniffed the aide-de-camp. `Tough and stringy.'
That was all very well for a governor's aide-de-camp - he

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