The Capsina


A historical novel set in 19th century Greece, intrigue and romance abound on the shores of the azure blue Aegean in this classic novel by E. F. Benson. Including a biography of the author.
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A historical novel set in 19th century Greece, intrigue and romance abound on the shores of the azure blue Aegean in this classic novel by E. F. Benson. Including a biography of the author.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781473306363
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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CHAPTER III The next fortnight's cruising was well rewarded by the prizes they took, but already symptoms of a dual control in the fleet, and thus of no control at all, had unhappily begun to make appearance. The primates were by no means disposed to forgive the slight which Economos had put upon them, and before long they devised a cunning and uupatriotic scheme of paying in public money, so to speak, their private debt to him. To a certain extent the immediate adoption of his naval plans among the sailors had been due to the hopes he put forward to the islanders of winning large prizes, and the primates, by making a main issue of this secondary desire among them, began to reinstate themselves in power. Much of the booty taken was to be divided on the return of the squadron to Hydra, and Economos, at the suggestion of Tombazes, proposed that one-half of the gains of the cruise should be appropriated to the prosecution of the war. This was an equitable and patriotic suggestion, but coming as it did from Economos the primates opposed it tooth and nail. Equally, too, did it fail to satisfy the more greedy and selfish of his supporters, who cared for nothing but their own aggrandizement. Economos's proposal had been put forward one afternopn some three days after their return to Hydra, at the sitting of the revolutionary committee, which had been reorganized and included all the primates. Tombazes alone of his class supported Economos, but the matter was still in debate when they rose for the day. The afternoon had been hot and windless, but an hour before sundown a southerly breeze began to stir, and before long word was brought by a shepherd who had been grazing his flocks on thehill above the town that he had seena ship under full sail off the southwest, making straight ...
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