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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

battleship ahead would know that the little sloop was being pursued. A ball tore through the air close by, with its usual terrifying noise. The ship ahead was awaiting their coming; Hornblower saw her topsails slowly turning.
`Hands to the sheets!' said Hornblower. `Mr Hunter, jibe her over.'
Le Beve came round again, heading for the lessening gap on the port side. The frigate astern turned to intercept. More jets of smoke from her bows. With an appalling noise a shot passed within a few feet of Hornblower, so that the wind of it made him stagger. There was a hole in the mainsail.
`Your Grace,' said Hornblower, `those aren't warning shots -'
It was the ship of the line which fired them, having succeeded in clearing away and manning some of her upper-deck guns. It was as if the end of the world had come. One shot hit Le Beve's hull, and they felt the deck heave under their feet as a result as if the little ship were disintegrating. But the mast was hit at the same moment, stays and shrouds parting, splinters raining all round. Mast, sails, boom, gaff and all went from above them over the side to windward. The wreckage dragged in the sea and turned the helpless wreck round with the last of her way. The little group aft stood momentarily dazed.
`Anybody hurt?' asked Hornblower, recovering himself.
'On'y a scratch, sir,' said one voice.
It seemed a miracle that no one was killed.
`Carpenter's mate, sound the well,' said Hornblower and then, recollecting himself, `No, damn it. Belay that order. If the Dons can save the ship, let 'em try.'
Already the ship of the line whose salvo had done the damage was filling her topsails again and bearing away from them, while the frigate which had pursued them was running down on them fast. A wailing figure came scrambling out of the afterhatch way. It was the duchess's maid, so mad with terror

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