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By Joan Aiken

Having had sufficient of lifestyles on board the send that kept her from a watery grave, Dido Twite wishes not anything greater than to sail domestic to England. as a substitute, Captain Casket's send lands in Nantucket, the place Dido and the captain's daughter, Dutiful Penitence, are left within the care of Dutiful's sinister Aunt Tribulation. In Tribulation's farmhouse, lifestyles is insufferable. whilst mysterious males lurk approximately within the night fog, the innovative Dido rallies opposed to their shenanigans with aid from Dutiful, a cabinboy named Nate, and a red whale.

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And you can by no means think it, yet she began to run then, and she or he by no means stopped until eventually she brung to and dumped us off Sankaty seashore. Then she sounded, and we by no means observed her not more. So we waded ashore and walked the following. I reckon the cap'n had top be placed to mattress, ma'am. " certainly, Pen, who chanced on this story virtually too scary to consider, had already busied herself with heating a few bricks within the oven for the captain's mattress, and warming certainly one of his spare nightshirts prior to the hearth. "Oh, Papa," she paused via him to claim, "I am so grateful you have been spared. " He patted her head absently. "Is that thee, Daughter? what's thee doing on board? i presumed I left thee in New Bedford. " "He needs to definitely visit bed," stated Aunt Tribulation. "I'll be off domestic, ma'am, now i have visible him secure here," Nate acknowledged. "My ma'll certain be shocked to work out me. " "But have a chew to consume first—have a scorching drink! " Dido exclaimed. "Try a few o' Pen's herb tea and her pumpkin pie—it's fust-rate. and also you have not informed us what occurred to the send. Did they see you thrown into the ocean and collected through the purple 'un? " "I bet not," Nate stated. "There was once huge fog arise. Like as no longer if the opposite males will get picked up, they're going to reckon me and Cap'n Casket musta been drowned. " "Well, you ain't—that's the most thing," Dido stated. "Oh, Nate, your poultry! negative Mr. Jenkins! was once he with you within the boat? " "No, no, chick, he will be all right," Nate stated, giggling. "Reckon Uncle 'Lije'll take care of him for me until eventually they places again into port. " Aunt Tribulation now bustled Captain Casket upstairs, whereas Pen began heating a milk posset for him. "Oh, Dido! " she whispered, "I'm so satisfied Papa has come domestic! For Aunt Tribulation will hardly—will not often wish to be so unkind to us whereas he's right here. " Dido nodded sympathetically. in truth, she used to be in no way really easy in her brain in regards to the scenario. For a second, initially, she had was hoping that, if Aunt Tribulation particularly used to be an impostor, she will be uncovered by way of Captain Casket's failure to acknowledge her as his sister, however it used to be quickly simple that he was once too wandering in his wits for this to be most likely. And if he persevered so, Dido feared that he might have small impact on Aunt Tribulation's sharp and bullying methods. And what may turn into of his promise to safe Dido a passage to England? at least, she may possibly rarely burst off and depart Pen whereas issues have been in the sort of teach. Her center sank. There appeared much less and not more probability of her ever achieving London back. Nate wiped his mouth and rose. "Thanks for the pie; it used to be genuine good," he acknowledged. "I'll be on my manner. " "Oh, Nate," Pen acknowledged earnestly, "I'm so thankful to you for bringing Papa secure domestic! " It was once the 1st time she had ever plucked up braveness to handle him at once, and Dido gave her an approving glance. Nate smiled down at her. "That's very well, little 'un," he responded awkwardly. "Hope he is quickly greater. " "I'll pop out with you," Dido acknowledged. "I hain't close up the cows but. " and she or he muttered to Pen, "I'll take the boots alongside to you-know-who whereas i am out.

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