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By Dudley Pope

Admiralty spies are attempting to find British officials and allies trapped at the mainland, between them Ramage's past love, Gianna, the Marchesa di Volterra. Ramage returns to the Tuscan coast, the place Bonaparte holds a gaggle of hostages for an unknown fate.

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Time to reassure the French frigate. He referred to as a brand new process north-north-west to Aitken. this might be radical sufficient to be instantly spotted via the send astern, and inside moments Aitken was once shouting orders which braced the yards and trimmed the sheets because the wind got here around directly to the larboard area. Peewits. Curious how his brain saved returning to these black and white, crested birds! They weren't even sea birds. in case you walked throughout a box, they wheeled overhead, with their frustrating “peewit” cry, caution every little thing else, from partridges to hares. a few humans beloved plovers’ eggs to consume yet, so far as Ramage used to be involved, they have been small and fiddling; he suspected that, to the gourmets, the truth that they have been seasonal and tough to discover, instead of their delicacy, accounted for his or her attractiveness. Southwick now got here as much as him. “Glad you got here around six issues to larboard, sir. i used to be approximately to remind you approximately these ‘ants’—we have been steerage directly for them. ” “Ah, convinced. They’d be difficult to identify during this visibility, specifically if our path had taken us in the course of the center. ” “Aye, we’d have misplaced the sunshine by the point we received there,” Southwick commented. Peewits scratching on the best of anthills. back the black and white birds with the paddle-shaped wing tips got here to brain. convinced, he might simply think them pecking away at anthills, trying to find a meal—providing, in fact, that they cherished ants. maybe they most popular mole burrows and molehills, new ones, a cheerful searching flooring yielding clean worms. He regarded astern on the French frigate, now changing into a blur. convinced, she had altered path, too. probably she too used to be sure for Porto Ferraio, or her captain had simply determined to protect there for a few days, and stopover at the sister-ship. The island of Giglio used to be now out of sight—and Argentario, too. No, maybe there has been only a trace of a heavier greyness within the distance—Monte Argentario used to be vast. From reminiscence, even though, in a scirocco the higher half the mountain used to be often hidden in cloud streaming to leeward, so it used to be most likely his mind's eye. He now appeared over the starboard bow and permit his eyes run slowly aft. No signal of the mainland of Tuscany. Punta Ala had mountains to the south, and Talamone a few to the north, whereas in among (with the Bocca d’Ombrone within the heart) it was once flat. The Calypso and the frigate astern may possibly either be in the course of the Atlantic so far as landmarks have been involved. the closest land, should you desired to flatter it with that description, was once the Formiche di Grosseto, the ants. With peewits pecking at them. Ramage abruptly observed all of it basically, and he grew to become to Southwick. “Do you think that you could provide me a reasonably special direction to the Formiche di Grosseto? ” he requested. “No, that’s asking an excessive amount of. No, first provide me a direction to satisfy the coast south of the Ombrone river; then we will fee our place precisely when we spot these forts on the mouth of the river. ” “But it’ll be darkish lengthy sooner than we get inside miles! ” South-wick protested. “The moon, take into account the moon,” Ramage chided.

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