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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

could not guess how delicious was this food to a young naval officer fresh from beating about at sea in an over-crowded frigate. Even the thought of having to act as host to a duchess could not entirely spoil Hornblower's appetite. And the final dishes, the meringues and macaroons, the custards and the . fruits, were ecstasy for a young man whose last pudding had been currant duff last Sunday.
`Those sweet things spoil a man's palate,' said the aide-decamp - much Hornblower cared.
They were drinking formal toasts now. Hornblower stood ` for the King and the royal family, and raised his glass for the duchess.
`And now for the enemy,' said Sir Hew, `may their treasure galleons try to cross the Atlantic.'
`A supplement to that, Sir Hew,' said the commodore at the other end, `may the Dons make up their minds to leave Cadiz.'
There was a growl almost like wild animals from round the table. Most of the naval officers present were from Jervis' Mediterranean squadron which had beaten about in the Atlantic for the past several months hoping to catch the Spaniards should they come out. Jervis had to detach his ships to Gibraltar two at a time to replenish their stores, and these officers were from the two ships of the line present at the moment in Gibraltar.
`Johnny Jervis would say amen to that,' said Sir Hew. `A bumper to the Dons then, gentlemen, and may they come out from Cadiz.'
The ladies left them then, gathered together by Lady Dalrymple, and as soon as it was decently possible Hornblower made his excuses and slipped away, determined not to be heavy with wine the night before he sailed in independent command.
Maybe the prospect of the coming on board of the duchess was a useful counter-irritant, and saved Hornblower from worrying too much about his first command. He was up before dawn - before even the brief Mediterranean twilight

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