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The Pirate City

By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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Title: The Pirate City  
Author: Ballantyne, Robert Michael
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: Chapter One. Opens the Tale. Some time within the first quarter of the present nineteenth century, a little old lady?some people would even have called her a dear little old lady?sat one afternoon in a high?backed chair beside a cottage window, from which might be had a magnificent view of Sicilian rocks, with the Mediterranean beyond. The Pirate City 1 This little old lady was so pleasant in all respects that an adequate description of her is an impossibility. Her mouth was a perfect study. It was not troubled with anything in the shape of teeth. It lay between a delicate little down?turned nose and a soft little up?turned chin, which two seemed as if anxious to meet in order to protect it. The wrinkles that surrounded that mouth were innumerable, and each wrinkle was a distinct and separate smile; so that, whether pursing or expanding, it was at all times rippling with an expression of tender benignity. This little old lady plays no Part 1n our tale; nevertheless she merits passing introduction as being the grandmother of our hero, a Sicilian youth of nineteen, who, at the time we write of, sat on a stool at her feet engaged in earnest conversation.

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Table of Contents: The Pirate City, 1 -- R.M. Ballantyne, 1 -- Chapter One. Opens the Tale, 1 -- Chapter Two. Unfolds a Little of the Tale, 3 -- Chapter Three. Reveals something Surprising in Regard to European Forbearance And Piratic -- Impudence, 7 -- Chapter Four. Introduces the Reader to the Pirate City, and to a Few of its Peculiarities and -- Practices, 11 -- Chapter Five. Shows the Light in which Consuls were Regarded by Pirates, and tells of a Cruel -- Separation and a Stunning Blow, 17 -- Chapter Six. Sends a Gleam of Hope into a Gloomy Region, 21 -- Chapter Seven. Some New Characters walk, glide, and furiously gallop into the Tale, and -- otherwise introduce themselves to Notice, 24 -- Chapter Eight. Ted Flaggan and Rais Ali proceed on a Mission, and see Impressive Sights, 27 -- Chapter Nine. Describes a Moorish Bride, a Wedding, and a Metamorphosis, besides indicating a -- Plot, 33 -- Chapter Ten. Shows what Lessons were taught in the Bagnio, and describes a Brave Dash for -- Freedom, 39 -- Chapter Eleven. Is Diplomatic and Otherwise, 45 -- Chapter Twelve. Mrs. Langley and Agnes go out to Dinner, 50 -- Chapter Thirteen. Relates Something about Improvements, Surprises, and Changes in the State of -- Affairs, 55 -- Chapter Fourteen. The Plot thickens, and Mariano's Forbearance and Courage are tested, 59 -- Chapter Fifteen. In which Ted Flaggan and his Friend Rais Ali Act a Conscious Part, and a -- Political Storm begins to break, 65 -- Chapter Sixteen. Tells of Riot and Revolution in the Pirate City, 71 -- Chapter Seventeen. Francisco and his Son in Danger, 78 -- Chapter Eighteen. In which Soles are beaten and Men are sold?With Plots and Counterplots, 83 -- Chapter Nineteen. Describes an Important Event in the Pirate City, 89 -- Chapter Twenty. Describes a Retreat among the Hills, 93 -- Chapter Twenty One. Social Intercourse in the Cavern, 97 -- Chapter Twenty Two. Shows how the Pirates were wont to treat Men of Note, 101 -- Chapter Twenty Three. In which Danger looms very Dark in and around the Pirate City, 111 -- Chapter Twenty Four. The Dark Clouds begin to thicken?A Rescue attempted?Master Jim -- plays a Conspicuous Part, 119 -- Chapter Twenty Five. The Coming Struggle looms on the Horizon, 124 -- Chapter Twenty Six. In which Rais Ali and Ted Flaggan play a Vigorous Part, 125 -- Chapter Twenty Seven. Describes the Bombardment of Algiers, 133 -- Chapter Twenty Eight. The Last, 139 -- The End, 145 -- The Pirate City -- i


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