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By Dudley Pope

Captain Lord Ramage's honeymoon in France is interrupted through a surprising finish to the Peace of Amiens. discovering themselves on unfriendly soil simply hours ahead of hostilities begin, Ramage and his bride elude the snatch of Napoleon's mystery police.

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Ramage shook his head. “You, Edouard, the gardener and me to seize a frigate? 4 opposed to at the least 100, and the garrison of the château besides when you attempted it in Brest? ” Gilbert nodded. “I snatch at straws, milord. ” “It’s all we need to grasp,” Ramage stated. “I had in brain merely that if we will be able to get away to England prior to L’Espoir sails, possibly i would be capable of warn the Admiralty in order that an eye is stored for her. yet Gilbert, you pointed out a brig. What brig? ” “Ah sure, that used to be just a few gossip the gardener’s spouse heard. now not the gardener,” Gilbert acknowledged tactfully, as if now not desirous to solid any doubt at the intelligence of womanhood in Sarah’s listening to, “he used to be on the meat marketplace, and he or she heard approximately this on the fish industry. ” Gilbert was once a just right fellow, Ramage instructed himself, and his merely fault is that for him the shortest distance among issues is a well-embroidered tale. His listeners wanted persistence, and it used to be a illness in Ramage’s personal personality, he admitted, that he have been born with little or none. “Yes, the gardener’s wife—her identify is Estelle, by way of the way—overheard fishmongers discussing a brig which had arrived in Le Goulet the night ahead of, escorted by way of a French corvette. ” “Why ‘escorted’? ” Ramage requested. “Oh, as the brig is English, milord, and with the struggle now resumed one could count on an escort, no? ” Ramage nodded and controlled to prevent having a look throughout at Sarah: he knew she will be tough positioned to prevent giggling as she observed him suffering to not snap at Gilbert, speedily drawing the tale from him like a fishmonger filleting fish. “Anyway, this brig has a reputation like Murex. it sort of feels an odd identify, yet Estelle was once definite simply because one fishmonger spelled it to the opposite. ” “Yes, it might be Murex,” Ramage stated, and remembered one other ten-gun brig of a similar category, the Triton, additionally named after a seashell (not the ocean god, as many thought). She have been his moment command, and she or he had stayed afloat in the course of a storm within the West Indies yet, dismasted, then drifted directly to the island of Culebra. via now there will be little or no of her skeleton left: the teredo bug could have wolfed her timbers and coral will be transforming into on any ironwork whereas gaudy tropical fish swam via no matter what used to be left of the skeleton. “Were many killed and wounded whilst the Murex was once captured? ” Sarah requested. “Killed and wounded, milady? ” a wondered Gilbert requested. “I don’t imagine a person used to be damage. The captain and the officials, possibly, yet I doubt it. ” Ramage had a curious feeling that he was once dreaming the total dialog: that he used to be dreaming a few fairy story entitled “The Fishmongers. ” The time had turn out to be enterprise with Gilbert. “Start initially and let us know what Estelle overheard within the fish marketplace. Now, she is within the fish marketplace and she or he hears fishmongers speaking. ” “Well, she used to be to shop for salt cod. there has been lots of that. Then she sought after a few halibut—but she may well locate none. What, she requested herself, may possibly change the lacking halibut? consider she will be cooking it: the 1st prepare dinner, Mirabelle, refuses to prepare dinner fish: she says girl along with her smooth pastry shouldn't be requested to meddle with scaly reptiles—that’s what Mirabelle calls them, milord, ‘reptiles.

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