Ramage at Trafalgar (The Lord Ramage Novels) (No. 16)

By Dudley Pope

Ramage, eventually reunited along with his loved Sarah, hopes to spend no less than a couple of quiet weeks together with her. as an alternative, he's summoned via Admiral Nelson himself. His orders: Ramage is to hitch Nelson's fleet blocking the mixed French and Spanish navies within the port of Cadiz. yet Nelson's plan isn't really only to blockade the enemy's fleet. He intends to confront it head-on within the greatest naval conflict the area has ever seen.

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Yet Sarah appeared preoccupied, and while Ramage pressed her admitted she was once saddened by means of the pill that they had noticeable on the foot of the hill again in Wrotham village. “Near this place,” it acknowledged, “fell Lieut Colonel Shadwell, who was once shot to the center by means of a deserter at the morning of the 1st day of June 1799. ” 4 strains carved under in italic additional cryptically: “The murderer with one other deserter his better half have been instantly secured and taken to justice. ” “Three males dead,” Sarah acknowledged. “They all meant to struggle the French—well, evidently the deserter and his better half replaced their minds—but all 3 have ended up in graves the following on the foot of the Downs. Colonel Shadwell—was he a tender guy wanting to struggle the French? Or did he purchase his fee to escape from a nagging spouse? ” “Was he serving in a single of the typical regiments of foot, or just a prosperous landowner right here, soldiering on Sunday mornings within the neighborhood yeomanry? ” Ramage murmured. “Oh, darling, you're spoiling the whole lot. the following i'm contemplating a tender colonel with an excellent destiny prior to him—” “And belonging to at least one of the trendy regiments! ” “—and you conjure up a portly farmer …” “Your mind's eye is working wild. Why did the soldier wilderness? the place did he get the pistol to fireside a deadly shot—or used to be it a musket? Who used to be his mysterious companion—another soldier, or a trollop he’d picked up? used to be it at evening? Did the colonel name upon him to halt? Or used to be the colonel top a column of fellows? ” “If it wasn’t this kind of steep hill, I’d insist we return to Wrotham and ask a few neighborhood people,” Sarah stated. “It occurred just a couple of years in the past, so they’ll have in mind the main points. ” “We’ll inquire at the method back,” Ramage promised. “Come along—Raven is sitting on his field, so the horses are rested adequate. ” As they approached the town the line steadily turned busier. After attaining Farningham they went directly to Swanley (by which era they have been searching for an lodge to spend the night), and carts, carriages and coaches have been passing every one approach, both on their approach to the coast or certain for London. everybody, Ramage famous, looked to be in a rush; Raven’s leisurely growth, he learned, may most likely be the one time until eventually the battle ended that Ramage could ever shuttle this street so slowly: whenever he had formerly left London for Dover, or had travelled the parallel street to the Medway cities to affix a boat at Chatham, the horses had continuously been in a lather. Raven nonetheless remembered the place the home used to be, having introduced his overdue grasp there once or twice, and, as he pulled up with a clatter and a noisy “Whoa, there! ” meant to warn the earl’s butler, Sarah sighed. “How great to be again in Palace highway. i feel I favor traveling by means of send, although: you don’t need to keep it up packing and unpacking at put up resorts! ” “We needs to convince father to get a home at the Thames aspect at Greenwich, and we’ll promote Treffry corridor and purchase a spot close to Dover. Then we will be able to sail around once we are looking to see them! ” “We’ve come to work out the gents at Lloyd’s,” Sarah mentioned as a grinning Hanson enable down the stairs with a crash, opened the door of the carriage and, pushing his spectacles again up back, blinked and welcomed them.

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