Infant Mark and his sister are picked up from a boat adrift in the Atlantic and adopted by a rich Anglo-Indian who raises them in India then sends them home for schooling. On his return to India Mark finds that his sister was on a ship that has vanished in the pirate infested waters of the East Indies.
As among the party were several people who exercised a considerable influence over my career, a description of them is necessary. The person of most consideration, on account of his wealth and position, as well as his high character, was a gentleman verging upon sixty years of age. In stature and figure he was not what would be called dignified; but there was that in the expression of his countenance which made persons of discernment who studied his features feel inclined to love and respect him. The broad forehead, the full mild eye, and the well-set mouth, told of intellect, kindness, and firmness.
The careless and indifferent might have called him the stout old gentleman with yellow cheeks. I mean people--and there are many such in the world--who are unable to perceive the noble and good qualities in a man, and only look at his outward form and figure. If they hear a person called a great man, like Lord Nelson or the Duke of Wellington, they call him great also; but many would not be able to poin
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