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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

`W-what? said Hornblower.
`Promoted,' said the Irishman. `Here is the letter - "The Spanish authorities are informed that on account of his meritorious service the acting-commission of Mr Horatio Hornblower, midshipman and acting-lieutenant, has been confirmed. Their Lordships of the Admiralty express their confidence that Mr Horatio Hornblower will be admitted immediately to the privileges of commissioned rank." There you are, young man.'
`My felicitations, sir,' said the commandant.
`Many thanks, sir,' said Hornblower.
The commandant was a kindly old gentleman with a pleasant smile for the awkward young man. He went on to say more, but Hornblower's Spanish was not equal to the technicalities he used, and Hornblower in despair looked at the interpreter.
`Now that you are a commissioned officer,' said the latter, `you will be transferred to the quarters for captured officers.'
`Thank you,' said Hornblower.
`You will receive the half pay of your rank.'
`Thank you.'
`And your parole will be accepted. You will be at liberty to visit in the town and the neighbourhood for two hours each day on giving your parole.'
`Thank you,' said Hornblower.
Perhaps, during the long months which followed, it was some mitigation of his unhappiness that for two hours each day his parole gave him freedom; freedom to wander in the streets of the little town, to have a cup of chocolate or a glass of wine - providing he had any money - making polite and laborious conversation with Spanish soldiers or sailors or civilians. But it was better to spend his two hours wandering over the goat paths of the headland in the wind and the sun, in the companionship of the sea, which might alleviate the sick misery of captivity. There was slightly better food, slightly better quarters. And there was the knowledge that

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