By Cyril Northcote Parkinson
A lieutenant's rank belying his undistinguished naval profession, Richard Delancey unearths that his fluency in French lands him a mystery project, yet to his chagrin, it is going awry.
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Watkins’ expression changed, his angry grimace turning to childish surprise. There was a red stain spreading on his shirt and he looked down at it. A second later he dropped his sword, fainted and collapsed in a blood-stained heap. The surgeon ran forward, knelt down and produced swabs and a bandage. The seconds came forward and Bassett took the sword from Devil to Pay Parkinson2 PT2 TXT 5/24/07 12:51 PM CHOICE OF WEAPONS Page 49 49 Delancey. The fight was over, having lasted about a minute and a half.
He had been ashore for longer than he cared to remember. It looked now as if he might well be ashore for good. Devil to Pay Parkinson2 PT2 TXT 5/24/07 12:51 PM Page 59 PART T WO Chapter Five THE REVENUE CUTTER A SMART FRIGATE was leaving Portsmouth harbour, watched by a small group of idlers collected at the Point. One of these, a well-dressed and elderly gentleman, had borrowed a telescope from a one-legged seaman who stood beside him and was watching the way in which sail was made. ” he exclaimed, finally, returning the telescope to its owner.
His next opponent? ” “Mr Huntley speaks out of turn,” said Henderson, frowning. “However, the damage is done. Our whole mess, 23 of us, agreed to avenge poor Moncrieff’s death. All would fight Mr Delancey in turn and we drew lots to decide the order in which we should challenge him. Watkins came first and Hilliard, second. ” Devil to Pay Parkinson2 PT2 TXT 5/24/07 12:51 PM CHOICE OF WEAPONS Page 47 47 “But this is a plan for murder! ” “It won’t come to that. He won’t survive the second. Hilliard used to be our fencing instructor and he is a dead shot with a pistol.