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By Arthur Ransome

In the 10th instalment of the Swallows and Amazons sequence, the younger staff come face-to-face with the fiercest pirate of the South China Seas.
     'So long,' known 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 simple crusing for 100 ports and now they're on their strategy 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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Acknowledged Titty virtually fiercely. “Polly was once a gift from Captain Flint. ” They hung approximately wretchedly at the reduce terraces, brooding about if there has been not anything they can do to aid. ultimately they heard leave out Lee clap her fingers. They appeared up. They observed the previous amah for a second by way of pass over Lee’s chair. Then they observed a signaller, with a type of queer bamboo flutes. leave out Lee used to be chatting with him. a number of moments later they heard shrill whistling on notes, like a bar of extremely simple song repeated repeatedly. From some distance, distant, there got here a whistling solution. The within sight whistling begun back, an extended asymmetric trilling. From distant, skinny as a bat’s tune, got here the echo. a guy seemed with a small bag. He gave it to overlook Lee and went again below the orange-trees. They observed that pass over Lee was once beckoning. “I have got him,” she stated as they ran up. “Well performed, pass over Lee,” acknowledged Nancy. “Everything’ll be o.k. now,” acknowledged John. “You didn’t pay an excessive amount of? ” stated Roger. “She couldn’t,” acknowledged Peggy indignantly. Neither Susan nor Titty may possibly say a note. The Taicoon used to be pushing whatever away into one in all his vast sleeves. “Him inform lie,” he acknowledged to the prisoners. “Him idiot Taicoon. Moa betta I chop him head. yet I promote him. I promote him velly reasonable. ” by surprise he tossed off his tea and, with a glance of serious crafty, obtained as much as cross. leave out Lee glanced silently at her personal bowl. She had no longer touched it. Chang, with unwilling politeness, back sat down. almost immediately a brand new bowl of tea was once introduced and put on the little desk beside him. Susan held out the paper field. The Taicoon checked out it. Susan shook the field just about her ear. The Taicoon took it and listened. He knew straight away what used to be in it, gingerly opened the flaps that closed it, stuck a grasshopper because it crawled out, twitched the canopy from the cage beside him, and gave the insect to his lark. The chicken wolfed up the grasshopper and broke into loud tune. The Taicoon laughed with excitement, forgot Captain Flint, and hunted for applause to the counsellor, who nodded gravely, to overlook Lee, who smiled, and to the prisoners. “Numpa one velly solid bud,” he stated. Time went on. males introduced out a tray with good stuff for the Taicoon to consume. He ate, whereas the counsellor and pass over Lee simply nibbled a bit to maintain him corporation. one other tray used to be introduced, with tea and sweetmeats for the prisoners. “I notion they’d forgotten us,” whispered Roger. The Taicoon requested Titty to enable the parrot out of its cage, and requested omit Lee to determine how whilst Titty referred to as the parrot it should come to her. He fed grasshoppers to his lark. The prisoners went off for extra, and taken him caterpillars, which the lark appeared to like even higher. every now and then, the Taicoon glanced on the shadows to determine how the day used to be passing. repeatedly he made as though to move, yet at any time when he observed that pass over Lee had now not touched her tea. ultimately there has been a noise of shouting, after which, above the shouting, they heard Captain Flint in music: “We’ll rant and we’ll roar, like real British sailors, We’ll variety and we’ll roam over all of the salt seas.

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