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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

`Give me a yard of that rope, quick !' said the duchess.
Winyatt cut her a length of the line with his knife and handed it to her. Already she was hauling at her petticoats; the appalled Hornblower saw a gleam of white thigh above her stocking tops before he tore his glance away. The fog was certainly thinning.
`You can look at me now,' said the duchess; but her petticoats only just fell in time as Hornblower looked round again. `They're inside my shift, next my skin as I promised. With these Directory fashions no one wears stays any more: So I tied the rope round my waist outside my shift. One envelope is flat against my chest and the other against my back. Would you suspect anything?'
She turned round for Hornblower's inspection.
`No, nothing shows,' he said. `I must thank Your Grace.'
`There is a certain thickening,' said the duchess, `but it does not matter what the Spaniards suspect as long as they do not suspect the truth.'
Momentary cessation of the need for action brought some embarrassment to Hornblower. To discuss with a woman her shift and stays - or the absence of them - was a strange thing to do.
A watery sun, still nearly level, was breaking through the mist and shining in his eyes. The mainsail cast a watery shadow on the deck. With every second the sun was growing brighter.
`Here it comes,' said Hunter.
The horizon ahead expanded rapidly, from a few yards to a hundred, from a hundred yards to half a mile. The sea was covered with ships. No less than six were in plain sight, four ships of the line and two big frigates, with the red-and-gold of Spain at their mastheads, and, what marked them even more obviously as Spaniards, huge wooden crosses hanging at their peaks.
`Wear ship again, Mr Hunter,' said Hornblower. 'Back into the fog.'

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