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CAPTAIN BLOOD By Rafael Sabatini

CAPTAIN BLOOD By Rafael Sabatini

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If you've seen the old movie with Errol Flynn, read this book on which it was based. Or if you like the fripperies that Johnny Depp uses to pay for his freedom to make the moives he really cares about like Sweeney Todd or The Rum Diary read this for the great pirate story.
If you've seen the old movie with Errol Flynn, read this book on which it was based. Or if you like the fripperies that Johnny Depp uses to pay for his freedom to make the moives he really cares about like Sweeney Todd or The Rum Diary read this for the great pirate story.

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CAPTAINBLOODByRafaelSabatiniCAPTAINBLOODHisOdysseyCONTENTSI.THEMESSENGERII.KIRKE'SDRAGOONSIII.THELORDCHIEFJUSTICEIV.HUMANMERCHANDISEV.ARABELLABISHOPVI.PLANSOFESCAPEVII.PIRATESVIII.SPANIARDSIX.THEREBELS-CONVICTX.DONDIEGOXI.FILIALPIETYXII.DONPEDROSANGREXIII.TORTUGAXIV.LEVASSEUR'SHEROICSXV.THERANSOMXVI.THETRAPXVII.THEDUPESXVIII.THEMILAGROSAXIX.THEMEETINGXX.THIEFANDPIRATEXXI.THESERVICEOFKINGJAMESXXII.HOSTILITIESXXIII.HOSTAGESXXIV.WARXXV.THESERVICEOFKINGLOUISXXVI.M.DERIVAROLXXVII.CARTAGENAXXVIII.THEHONOUROFM.DERIVAROLXXIX.THESERVICEOFKINGWILLIAMXXX.THELASTFIGHTOFTHEARABELLAXXXI.HISEXCELLENCYTHEGOVERNORCHAPTERI.THEMESSENGERPeterBlood,bachelorofmedicineandseveralotherthingsbesides,smokedapipeandtendedthegeraniumsboxedonthesillofhiswindowaboveWaterLaneinthetownofBridgewater.Sternlydisapprovingeyesconsideredhimfromawindowopposite,butwentdisregarded.Mr.Blood'sattentionwasdividedbetweenhistaskandthestreamofhumanityinthenarrowstreetbelow;astreamwhichpouredforthesecondtimethatdaytowardsCastleField,whereearlierintheafternoonFerguson,theDuke'schaplain,hadpreachedasermoncontainingmoretreasonthandivinity.
 
Thesestraggling,excitedgroupsweremainlycomposedofmenwithgreenboughsintheirhatsandthemostludicrousofweaponsintheirhands.Some,itistrue,shoulderedfowlingpieces,andhereandthereaswordwasbrandished;butmoreofthemwerearmedwithclubs,andmostofthemtrailedthemammothpikesfashionedoutofscythes,asformidabletotheeyeastheywereclumsytothehand.Therewereweavers,brewers,carpenters,smiths,masons,bricklayers,cobblers,andrepresentativesofeveryotherofthetradesofpeaceamongtheseimprovisedmenofwar.Bridgewater,likeTaunton,hadyieldedsogenerouslyofitsmanhoodtotheserviceofthebastardDukethatforanytoabstainwhoseageandstrengthadmittedofhisbearingarmswastobrandhimselfacowardorapapist.YetPeterBlood,whowasnotonlyabletobeararms,buttrainedandskilledintheiruse,whowascertainlynocoward,andapapistonlywhenitsuitedhim,tendedhisgeraniumsandsmokedhispipeonthatwarmJulyeveningasindifferentlyasifnothingwereafoot.Oneotherthinghedid.Heflungafterthosewar-feveredenthusiastsalineofHorace--apoetforwhoseworkhehadearlyconceivedaninordinateaffection:"Quo,quo,scelesti,ruitis?"Andnowperhapsyouguesswhythehot,intrepidbloodinheritedfromtherovingsiresofhisSomersetshiremotherremainedcoolamidstallthisfrenziedfanaticalheatofrebellion;whytheturbulentspiritwhichhadforcedhimoncefromthesedateacademicalbondshisfatherwouldhaveimposeduponhim,shouldnowremainquietintheverymidstofturbulence.Yourealizehowheregardedthesemenwhowererallyingtothebannersofliberty--thebannerswovenbythevirginsofTaunton,thegirlsfromtheseminariesofMissBlakeandMrs.Musgrove,who--astheballadruns--hadrippedopentheirsilkpetticoatstomakecoloursforKingMonmouth'sarmy.ThatLatinline,contemptuouslyflungafterthemastheyclattereddownthecobbledstreet,revealshismind.Tohimtheywerefoolsrushinginwickedfrenzyupontheirruin.Yousee,heknewtoomuchaboutthisfellowMonmouthandtheprettybrownslutwhohadbornehim,tobedeceivedbythelegendoflegitimacy,onthestrengthofwhichthisstandardofrebellionhadbeenraised.HehadreadtheabsurdproclamationpostedattheCrossatBridgewater--asithadbeenpostedalsoatTauntonandelsewhere--settingforththat"uponthedeceaseofourSovereignLordCharlestheSecond,therightofsuccessiontotheCrownofEngland,Scotland,France,andIreland,withthedominionsandterritoriesthereuntobelonging,didlegallydescendanddevolveuponthemostillustriousandhigh-bornPrinceJames,DukeofMonmouth,sonandheirapparenttothesaidKingCharlestheSecond."Ithadmovedhimtolaughter,ashadthefurtherannouncementthat"JamesDukeofYorkdidfirstcausethesaidlateKingtobepoysoned,andimmediatelythereupondidusurpandinvadetheCrown."Heknewnotwhichwasthegreaterlie.ForMr.BloodhadspentathirdofhislifeintheNetherlands,wherethissameJamesScott--whonowproclaimedhimselfJamestheSecond,bythegraceofGod,King,etcetera--firstsawthelightsomesix-and-thirtyyearsago,andhewasacquaintedwiththestorycurrentthereofthefellow'srealpaternity.Farfrombeinglegitimate--byvirtueofapretendedsecretmarriagebetweenCharlesStuartandLucyWalter--itwaspossiblethatthisMonmouthwhonowproclaimedhimselfKingofEnglandwasnoteventhe
 
illegitimatechildofthelatesovereign.Whatbutruinanddisastercouldbetheendofthisgrotesquepretension?HowcoulditbehopedthatEnglandwouldeverswallowsuchaPerkin?Anditwasonhisbehalf,toupholdhisfantasticclaim,thattheseWestCountryclods,ledbyafewarmigerousWhigs,hadbeenseducedintorebellion!"Quo,quo,scelesti,ruitis?"Helaughedandsighedinone;butthelaughdominatedthesigh,forMr.Bloodwasunsympathetic,asaremostself-sufficientmen;andhewasveryself-sufficient;adversityhadtaughthimsotobe.Amoretender-heartedman,possessinghisvisionandhisknowledge,mighthavefoundcausefortearsinthecontemplationoftheseardent,simple,Nonconformistsheepgoingforthtotheshambles--escortedtotherallyinggroundonCastleFieldbywivesanddaughters,sweetheartsandmothers,sustainedbythedelusionthattheyweretotakethefieldindefenceofRight,ofLiberty,andofReligion.Forheknew,asallBridgewaterknewandhadknownnowforsomehours,thatitwasMonmouth'sintentiontodeliverbattlethatsamenight.TheDukewastoleadasurpriseattackupontheRoyalistarmyunderFevershamthatwasnowencampedonSedgemoor.Mr.BloodassumedthatLordFevershamwouldbeequallywell-informed,andifinthisassumptionhewaswrong,atleasthewasjustifiedofit.HewasnottosupposetheRoyalistcommandersoindifferentlyskilledinthetradehefollowed.Mr.Bloodknockedtheashesfromhispipe,anddrewbacktoclosehiswindow.Ashedidso,hisglancetravellingstraightacrossthestreetmetatlasttheglanceofthosehostileeyesthatwatchedhim.Thereweretwopairs,andtheybelongedtotheMissesPitt,twoamiable,sentimentalmaidenladieswhoyieldedtononeinBridgewaterintheirworshipofthehandsomeMonmouth.Mr.Bloodsmiledandinclinedhishead,forhewasonfriendlytermswiththeseladies,oneofwhom,indeed,hadbeenforalittlewhilehispatient.Buttherewasnoresponsetohisgreeting.Instead,theeyesgavehimbackastareofcolddisdain.Thesmileonhisthinlipsgrewalittlebroader,alittlelesspleasant.Heunderstoodthereasonofthathostility,whichhadbeendailygrowinginthispastweeksinceMonmouthhadcometoturnthebrainsofwomenofallages.TheMissesPitt,heapprehended,contemnedhimthathe,ayoungandvigorousman,ofamilitarytrainingwhichmightnowbevaluabletotheCause,shouldstandaloof;thatheshouldplacidlysmokehispipeandtendhisgeraniumsonthiseveningofallevenings,whenmenofspiritwererallyingtotheProtestantChampion,offeringtheirbloodtoplacehimonthethronewherehebelonged.IfMr.Bloodhadcondescendedtodebatethematterwiththeseladies,hemighthaveurgedthathavinghadhisfillofwanderingandadventuring,hewasnowembarkeduponthecareerforwhichhehadbeenoriginallyintendedandforwhichhisstudieshadequippedhim;thathewasamanofmedicineandnotofwar;ahealer,notaslayer.Buttheywouldhaveansweredhim,heknew,thatinsuchacauseitbehovedeverymanwhodeemedhimselfamantotakeuparms.TheywouldhavepointedoutthattheirownnephewJeremiah,whowasbytradeasailor,themasterofaship--whichbyanill-chanceforthatyoungmanhadcometoanchoratthisseasoninBridgewaterBay--hadquittedthehelmtosnatchupamusketindefenceofRight.ButMr.Bloodwasnotofthosewhoargue.AsIhavesaid,hewasaself-sufficientman.Heclosedthewindow,drewthecurtains,andturnedtothepleasant,

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