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The men of the .Hynd Horn began
to close in.
"Why in ," said Mr. England,
fiercely, "don't you act as if you were
. "I'm condemned if you shall stand
there insulting me!" cried the cap
tain. But just here came an interruption
in the lovable form of Lady Pelham
herself. The very exquisiteness of
her sudden apparition upon the deck
for she was all in white, and her
eyes were like the morning cooled
the glowing tempers of the two men,
as sweetly as rain cools parched
"Speak to her if she wishes," said
the captain, with a bow.
The captain and crew of the Hynd
Horn went forward in a body. Mr.
England advanced slowly to Lady
"What are you today?" said Lady
Pelham, not coldly, but with deep
"Do you mean am I penitent or
pirate?" asked Mr. England.
. Lady Pelham's head dropped in
"I think that for today and for
many days," said Mr. England, "I
shall be neither pirate nor penitent,
but only a common man with a
"How well I know you now!" safd
Lady Pelham, with even more sad
ness. "Lady," said Mr. England, "I did
not think you had found me out
But since it is so "
"It was yesterday," said Lady Pel
ham, "when your eyes glittered so,
and you looked me over as if oh,
the shame of it!" A great blush rose
in her cheeks.
"Oh, lady," said Mr. England, "I
want you to listen to me so much!"
"I think that you are only going
to make me one of your speeches,"
said Lady Pelham. "But I will listen
to you for the last time."
"You are right," said Mr. England
"for jtbe last time,"
"And for afterward," said Lady
Pelham, almost piteously, "I have a
pistol, which I have been shown how
"You have the right," said Mr.
England, "to hurt me more than you
are hurting me now if that is pos
sible. But there will be no afterward,
for I shall never see your face again."
"What!" cried Lady Pelham.
"I am all that you think," began
Mr. England, "and worse. I have done
nothing but lie to you. But until we
sighted this island I had no evil de
sign. Then it came to me like a flash
that I could have my escape and you,
too. That was why my eyes insulted
you. But, lady, just before I went
ashore, when I stole those kisses
from your dear innocent hands, do
you know what happened? I fell in
love with you. And I walked out
the night in mortal combat with my
worst enemy myself. And in the
morning the cur laid down his arms
and my heart1 broke. And that is
why, gentlest, sweetest, dearest lady,
I am going to send the Hynd Horn
on her way rejoicing, with all that
I ever cared for on board."
Mr. England's voice was very tired,
and he stood wearily.
"Are you going to say anything to
me?" he said.
"I am going to tell you," said Lady
Pelham, "that I know you have been
speaking the truth, and that you are
an honorable man."
"For your dear sake," said Mr.
England, "I would leave the old life
if I could, but it is too strong upon
me. I am a little king upon this
island, and my people are mine, heart
and hand. It is not all murder and
robbery. There are fair nights and
white moons, and sometimes you can
find, deep in the woods, places where
innocence lurks, and you can go back
to it for a little.
"I shall never think of you as as
a pirate," said Lady Pelham.
"For your dear sake I will try and
be less hateful," said Mr. England.
"But sometimes we are just like any-