," Nat said demurely.
"Well, I hope your trial will be successful, Mr. Glover, for if not, I can tell you that it will be a long time before you have leave again. These people don't understand that sort of thing."
"He is a nice lad," Mr. Hill said to the second lieutenant as the two midshipmen walked away, "and when he has worked off those animal spirits of his he will make a capital officer, but at present he is one of the most mischievous young monkeys I ever came across."
"He does not let them interfere with his duty," the other said. "He is the smartest of our mids; he is well up in navigation, and has any amount of pluck. You remember how he jumped overboard in Port Royal when a marine fell into the water, although the harbour was swarming with sharks. It was a near touch. Luckily we threw a bowline to him, and the two were hauled up together. A few seconds more and it would have been too late, for there was a shark within twenty feet of them."
"Yes, there is no doubt about hi
Top book. Don't be turned off by the language describing blacks. its a rip-roaring adventure novel.
A lot of readers might be turned off by the very un-PC nature of this book, which covers the black slave uprising against french plantation owners in Haiti round about 1789. However, you will be missing out on a pretty good aventure book if you do so. The hero is a typical remarkably competent Henty boy, Nat, who is likeable. He saves a French family from the slaves and goes on several naval adventures in the Carribian. The book pulls few punches, discussing the slaughter of French families and retailiation by the soldiers. It presents some positive black characters, like a loyal maid and the future dictator of Haiti, Tolusse. Sadly, the novel ends on the poverty and tragedy that the revolution and poor governence that followed inflicted on the island, something unfortunately still true today as in Henty's day.
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