Missee Lee

By Arthur Ransome

In the 10th instalment of the Swallows and Amazons sequence, the younger group come face-to-face with the fiercest pirate of the South China Seas.
     'So long,' referred to as the harbourmaster. 'Don't run into Missee Lee!'

     The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are on a round-the-world voyage. it has been undeniable crusing for 100 ports and now they're on their solution to China. A pleasant harbourmaster has given them a caution: to observe out for pirates roaming the waters round the chinese language coast, yet they have not paid a lot heed. until eventually the day that Gibber the monkey by chance sinks the trustworthy Wild Cat. Separated, captured, miles from domestic, the Swallows and Amazons are approximately to satisfy their destiny and the pirate who holds it: the mythical Missee Lee.

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They heard the crash of water lower than the bows of a boat. “You take the lantern, Nancy,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “Ship the rowlocks, Peggy. Don’t rise up. …” Nancy, kneeling at the floorboards, keeping firmly to the center thwart with one hand, held the lantern above her head with the opposite. Captain Flint had began by way of jerking the oars unfastened after which, seeing how shut the send was once, he grabbed the painter and commenced coiling it, coil after coil, preparing to throw. “She’s visible us,” he stated. A voice shouted out anything in an unknown language.

Um,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “One approach or one other …” “You didn’t stick with her very long,” stated John. “The previous beast of a counsellor got here in,” acknowledged Roger. “I imagine he was once scolding like whatever. leave out Lee stamped her foot yet he went on, after which she advised me to filter. ” “It’s working,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “It’s now not operating our way,” stated Nancy. “The extra we sweat the extra she desires us to. ” “It doesn’t topic which way,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “Come on, we needs to follow it. Where’s that grammar? ” “Under the dragon somewhere,” acknowledged Roger, taking a look around.

The captain of the junk got here in after him. “Taicoon, Chang,” acknowledged the tall guy. “Nancy Blackett,” stated Nancy. “And this is often Peggy. ” “Melican? ” he requested. “English,” stated Nancy. “Melican guy with English better halves. ” And at that second the noise of tapping from less than grew louder. Captain Flint was once transforming into impatient. The tall guy listened. “Plisoners,” he stated. “No belong talkee. ” He became to the captain of the junk. They heard the phrases “San Flancisco. ” “Tomollow all come my yamen,” he stated to Nancy, after which the 2 of them went out.

Guns,” stated Susan. “It’s just like the 5th of November,” acknowledged Roger. “Firecrackers,” acknowledged John. “There needs to be a harbour someplace in there. It’s that chinese language junk coming domestic. reliable seize of fish or whatever. That’s all her buddies giving her a welcome. Gosh! I want I knew who took these books. ” “We can’t do something approximately it,” stated Susan. “They haven’t touched our issues. Ration of sardines all around. Ration of dates. after which mattress. Nobody’ll come now. yet we’ll need to be prepared for them within the morning. ” bankruptcy VI IT’S THEM!

Good performed, outdated Susan. Roger, you visit the bows back. ” “Good,” stated Roger. “Mangoes,” acknowledged John. “Pretty approximately awash. We’ve been decades. trouble that beastly present. ” Already he used to be rowing in among queer huge-leaved bushes. there has been a din of bugs. “Amazon ahoy! ” shouted Roger. “There she is. yet there’s not anyone in the following. ” “They’ll be shut to,” stated Susan. “Let’s do a hail all jointly. ” acknowledged Roger. “Wait only a minute,” acknowledged John. Swallow slid on into the little creek the place Amazon used to be mendacity, her painter quick to a tree and her stem pulled up on swampy flooring.

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