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What might the fellow be pondering? Neither customer used to be donning a uniform—which governed out an legitimate name. whereas either males have been younger, and spoke ideal Spanish, no less than one in every of them used to be French, from the best way he spoke his identify. French officials out of uniform, evidently … They reached front door up half-a-dozen steps, and entered the home. sure, the bittersweet scent of citronella, and Ramage felt his face commencing to itch: the mosquitoes had now not wasted their time yet with success the swelling will be behind schedule. Marble flooring, lots of furnishings within the corridor (unusual in a Latin house), a puppy growling from the room within which he have been close, open doorways … the room to which they have been going was once on the some distance finish of the hall, and the thump, thump of his and Orsini’s boots contrasted with the shuffle of the manservant’s slippers. They reached a door which the manservant opened, status again and asserting in a little greater than a conversational tone: “Lieutenant Leblond and better half, sir. ” He gestured them to enter the room. It was once a wide, high-ceilinged room with a tiled flooring. at the a ways aspect a white-haired guy sat at a desk, a quill in his hand and clearly interrupted whereas writing, and a lady probably ten years more youthful yet good dressed sat at a stool, embroidering. lamps within the room confirmed a guy and spouse spending a quiet night, whether the harbour was once full of the ships of the mixed Fleet of France and Spain, and the British fleet used to be simply over the horizon. “Lieutenant Leblond? ” the white-haired guy inquired, and the girl appeared up apparently. Ramage bowed and stated: “May I introduce my assistant, Lieutenant Poulain? ” Ramage listened for the door to shut in the back of him because the white-haired guy acknowledged in a well mannered way, yet evidently wondered. “To what do I owe the excitement of this stopover at, gents? Do you return at the emperor’s company? ” Ramage heard the door close at the back of him, and it was once relatively typical to proceed jogging into the room impending the fellow sitting on the desk. “Not the emperor’s business,” Ramage acknowledged in a quiet voice. “Can we speak by myself? ” “I haven't any secrets and techniques from my wife,” the fellow acknowledged lightly. “If now not from the emperor then, pray, from whom? ” Ramage gave him the message. on the mention—with an unmistakable English accent—of the identify of His Britannic Majesty’s vital Secretary of kingdom for international Affairs, the white-haired guy sprang to his toes. “Should i do know that identify? ” he requested in Spanish. “What makes you're thinking that, Lieutenant Leblond? ” “Forgive me,” Ramage acknowledged in English. “In truth my identify is Ramage, Captain Ramage, and that i command a frigate in Lord Nelson’s fleet. The secretary of country observed Lord Nelson in London lately. therefore, Lord Nelson gave me orders to find a Señor Perez close to the church of San José, and point out the identify you recognize. ” “Tell me extra: error may perhaps positioned the garotte around my neck,” Perez stated, conversing quietly and in sturdy English. “About the minister? i do know little approximately him. His name in all fairness new—a barony ten or fifteen years in the past.