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The 2 maximum sideboys retaining out the manropes have been evidently taking a pressure; then a stocky guy with excessive cheekbones and widely-spaced blue eyes with skinny white eyebrows used to be stepping on board. His face was once shaded by means of a straw hat; he wore a mustard-coloured coat and matching breeches with highly-polished brown knee-boots. His pores and skin used to be tanned; he used to be used to the Tropics. He was once now not frightened, yet he was once no longer completely relaxed both: he had evidently come to invite for anything. That was once up to Ramage may possibly take in sooner than the officer had led him over to Ramage and stated: “Governor, might I introduce Captain Ramage of His Britannic Majesty’s army. Captain Ramage, i've got the glory to offer His Excellency the Governor of Curaçao and the consultant the following of the Batavian Republic, Citizen Gottlieb van Someren. ” Protocol demanded a salute and Ramage gave it. Governor van Someren got rid of his hat and gave a deep bow, yet now not prior to Ramage famous the sparkle of annoyance which had proven around his eyes whilst his aide brought him as “Citizen. ” doubtless whilst the home of Nassau governed the Netherlands—until February of 1793, in different words—van Someren have been one of many Dutch the Aristocracy. considering that then he had controlled to maintain his head on his shoulders whereas the occupying French renamed his nation the Republic of the United Provinces after which, extra lately, the Batavian Republic. Now, besides, in public and in entrance of strangers, he needed to be “citoyen. ” Now what? The Governor changed his hat however the aides have been nonetheless rigidly at consciousness. Did the Governor converse English? no matter what it was once, he used to be likely to converse freely if he didn't have witnesses of his personal country. “Should we pass under, Your Excellency? My cabin is cool. ” “Very good, very well,” van Someren stated fortunately. Ramage signalled to Aitken and acknowledged with an obvious casualness that he knew the Scot may instantly comprehend: “Perhaps you'd be variety sufficient to teach those gents around the send, after which supply them with refreshment. ” Then, earlier than both of them may perhaps demur, he acknowledged to the Governor: “If Your Excellency might keep on with me …” Down within the cabin, van Someren sank into the only armchair with a sigh of aid, although Ramage used to be uncertain even if the comfort got here from getting the burden off swollen toes or boarding the Calypso with out incident. As Ramage sat down at the sofa contrary, van Someren acknowledged conversationally: “What occurred to the French frigate? ” “You would prefer a few refreshment, Your Excellency? A rum punch, might be? ” Van Someren shook his head impatiently. “Thank you, not anything. The French frigate? ” Ramage inspected his nails. “I understood out of your aide—what used to be his identify? ” “Lausser, significant Lausser. ” “—that you have been traveling this send below a flag of truce …” “But i'm, i'm! ” “One may perhaps get the impression,” Ramage stated virtually dreamily, sincerely absorbed together with his nails, “that you're actually engaging in an unarmed reconnaissance. ” “My pricey Lord Ramage—you see, i do know who you are—I am purely asking a well mannered query.