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The Rival Crusoes, Or, The Shipwreck

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Pages: 156

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Agnes Strickland

Excerpt from book: THE MINIATURE FRIGATE LAUNCHED. 7 It sometimes happens that time and tide will not wait obsequiously even on the children of prosperity. These stubborn powers will sometimes fret and chafe the proud and great, and, frequently, are so unpolite as to ruffle a rose-leaf on their couch of pleasure : but, as if the young lord had suffered mortification enough in the morning, his cup of delight was full in the evening. The pleasure was scarcely promised before it was realised. The gay glittering frigate dashed bravely into the lake: she bounded and danced on the waves, with as much spirit as the youthful noble could wish. The bottle of claret was flung with great effect: and she received her name amidst the applauses of the peasantry of the neighbouring village, who, as a great favour, were permitted to behold this sight at an awful distance. Lord Robert sank to rest that night, anticipating the charming sail he should take in the morning. The eyes of the young lord were open before sunrise : but whilst his valet was hastily dressing him, what was his indignation, on casting his eyes towards the lake, to see his fairy frigate, his beautiful Ariel, spreading her white sails to the breeze, and gliding on the lake as gallantlyas if her noble master were commanding her! Who could be the person that had dared to unmoor her? Down flew Lord Robert, half undressed: and the servants were summoned : but none of the household had been guilty of such a piece of audacity. At last, a thought struck him, that it could be no other than that contem- ner of all legal authority, Philip Harley. Lord Robert was soon by the border of the lake : and there he saw his young enemy reclined in the gilded pleasure-boat, sailing at his ease, and coasting near enough for Lord Robert to behold the look of ca...  


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