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The Wing-and-wing Or, Le Feu-Follet

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Pages: 350

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt from book: 37 CHAPTER H. UU stock, a few French phrases, got by heart, With much to learn, but nothing to impart: The youth obedient to his sire's commands, Sets off a wanderer into foreign lands." COWPKI. It was now nearly dark, and the crowd, having satisfied ill idle curiosity, began slowly to disperse. The Signer Viti remained till the last, conceiving it to be his duty to be on the alert, in such troubled times: but with all his bustling activity, it escaped his vigilance and means of observation to detect the circumstance that the stranger, while he steered into the bay with so much confidence, had contrived to bring up at a point where not a single gun from the batteries could be brought to bear on him: while his own shot, had he been disposed to hostilities, would have completely raked the little haven. But Vito Viti, though so enthusiastic an admirer of the art, was no gunner himself, and little liked to dwell on the effect of shot, except as it applied to others, and not at all to himself. Of all the suspicious, apprehensive, and curious, who had been collected in and about the port, since it was known the lugger intended to come into the bay, Ghita and 'Maso alone remained on watch, after the vessel was anchored. A loud hail had been given by those intrusted with the execution of the quarantine laws, the great physical bugbear and moral mystification of the Mediterranean: and the questions put had been wiswered in a way to satisfy all scruples for the moment. The " From whence came ye 2" asked, however, in an Italian idiom, had been answered by " Inghilterra, touching at Lisbon and Gibraltar," all regions beyond distrust, as to the plague, and al! Happening, at that moment, to give clean bills of health. Buithe name of the craft, herself, had been given in a way t...  

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