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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

`Yes, Your Grace?' said Hornblower.
The duchess stood there, still with her arm round her weeping maid, looking straight at him.
`I'm no more of a duchess than you are,' she said.
`Good God!' said Hornblower. `Who - who are you, then ?'
'Kitty Cobham.'
The name meant a little to Hornblower, but only a little.
`You're too young for that name to have any memories for you, Mr Hornblower, I see. It's five years since last I trod the boards.'
That was it. Kitty Cobham the actress.
`I can't tell it all now,' said the duchess - the Spanish boat was dancing over the waves towards them. `But when the French marched into Florence that was only the last of my misfortunes. I was penniless when I escaped from them. Who. would lift a finger for a onetime actress - one who had been betrayed and deserted? What was I to do? But a duchess - that was another story. Old Dalrymple at Gibraltar could not do enough for the Duchess of Wharfedale.'
`Why did you choose that title?' asked Hornblower in spite of himself.
`I knew of her,' said the duchess with a shrug of the shoulders. `I knew her to be what I played her as. That was why I chose her - I always played character parts better than straight comedy. And not nearly so tedious in a long role.'
`But my despatches !' said Hornblower in a sudden panic of realization. `Give them back, quick.'
`If you wish me to,' said the duchess. `But I can still be the duchess when the Spaniards come. They will still set me free as speedily as they can. I'll guard those despatches better than my life - I swear it, I swear it! In less than a month I'll deliver them, if you trust me.'
Hornblower looked at the pleading eyes. She might be a spy, ingeniously trying to preserve the despatches from being thrown overboard before the Spaniards took possession. But

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