Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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only wounded, the captives were all liuiried into the deep ;�but one male being suffered to survive � a poor cabin-boy who, in the last moment, grappled the knees of Blackboard, swore allegiance to his authority, and was admitted to mercy !
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BuT one captive remained living in the hands of the pirates. This was the young wife of the unhappy merchant, poor Pauline Chastaign. She had been taken to the cabin in her swoon, and had been laid, with a certain degree of tenderness, which had given no satisfaction to the girl of Pamplico, upon the couch of that Amazon. It was with a curious interest, which still further displeased that person, that Blackbeard hung over the unconscious woman, and scanned the beauties of her face and figure. His second officer and himself conferred upon her fate together, in the hearing of the wife of the latter the thirteenth wife, as you will remember. The conversation was not of a sort to gratify her. She had no small portion of the green infusion in her system against the indulgence of which Iago counsels Othello, and the eager appetite, speaking in the eyes of Black-beard, warned her of her own danger from a superior rival. The lieutenant of the pirate had his passions also. He boldly preferred his claim as custodian of the young widow.
You !' answered the chief. ` You ?'" ` And why not me ?' was the reply in a tone approaching defiance.
The pistol of Blackboard was at his head in a moment and, with a horrid oath, he ordered the other on deck and to his duties. The lieutenant slowly, and with a growl, submitted. When lie had gone, the girl of Pamplico interposed with the same question which had been uttered by the lieutenant.
And why not he ? Why should he not have this thing ?' Because it does not please me that he should, my beauty !' And why should it not please you ?'
I prefer that the woman should keep my cabin for a while.' `Ha ! and what of me ?'
You ! ? You may go to his cabin for a while.'
What ! I uu 'ling me off, do you, for this bloodless crea-
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