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CHAPTER TEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE DEVIL

`A Popish burial? I'll give orders to give 'em a free hand.'
`Thank you, sir,' said Hornblower.
`And now as regards yourself. You say you hold a commission as lieutenant. You can do duty in this ship until we meet the admiral again. Then he can decide. I haven't heard of the Indefatigable paying off, and legally you may still be borne on her books.'
And that was when the devil came to tempt Hornblower, as he took another sip of hot rum-and-water. The joy of being in a King's ship again was so keen as to be almost painful. To taste salt beef and biscuit again, and never again to taste beans and garbanzos. To have a ship's deck under his feet, to talk English. To be free - to be free! There was precious little chance of ever falling again into Spanish hands. Hornblower remembered with agonizing clarity the flat depression of captivity. All he had to do was not to say a word. He had only to keep silence for a day or two. But the devil did not tempt him long, only until he had taken his next sip of rumand-water. Then he thrust the devil behind him and met Crome's eyes again.
`I'm sorry, sir,' he said.
`What for?'
`I am here on parole. I gave my word before I left the beach.'
`You did? That alters the case. You were within your rights, of course.'
The giving of parole by captive British officers was so usual as to excite no comment.
`It was in the usual form, I suppose?' went on Crome. `That you would make no attempt to escape?'
`Yes, sir.'
`Then what do you decide as a result?'
Of course Crome could not attempt to influence a gentleman's decision on a matter as personal as a parole.
`I must go back, sir,' said Hornblower, `at the first opportunity.'

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