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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

That was the one chance of safety. Those ships running down towards them were bound to ask questions, and they could not hope to avoid them all. Le Beve spun around on her heel, but the fog-bank from which she had emerged was already attenuated, sucked up by the thirsty sun. They could see a drifting stretch of it ahead, but it was lazily rolling away from them at the same time as it was dwindling. The heavy sound of a cannon shot reached their ears, and close on their starboard quarter a ball threw up a fountain of water before plunging into the side of a wave just ahead. Hornblower looked round just in time to see the last of the puff of smoke from the bows of the frigate astern pursuing them.
`Starboard two points,' he said to the helmsman, trying to gauge at one and the same moment the frigate's course, the direction of the wind, the bearing of the other ships, and that of the thin last nucleus of that wisp of fog.
`Starboard two points,' said the helmsman.
`Fore and main sheets!' said Hunter.
Another shot, far astern this time but laid true for line; Hornblower suddenly remembered the duchess.
`You must go below, Your Grace,' he said curtly.
`Oh, no, no, no!' burst out the duchess with angry vehemence. `Please let me stay here. I can't go below to where that seasick maid of mine lies hoping to die. Not in that stinking box of a cabin.'
There would be no safety in that cabin, Hornblower reflected - Le Beve's scantlings were too fragile to keep out any shot at all. Down below the water line in the hold the women might be safe, but they would have to lie flat on top of beef barrels.
`Sail ahead !' screamed the lookout.
The mist there was parting and the outline of a ship of the line was emerging from it, less than a mile away and on almost the same course as Le Keve's. Thud - thud from the frigate astern. Those gunshots by now would have warned the whole Spanish fleet that something unusual was happening. The

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