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,' 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 undeniable crusing for 100 ports and now they're on their method to China. A pleasant harbourmaster has given them a caution: to monitor out for pirates roaming the waters round the chinese language coast, yet they have not paid a lot heed. till the day that Gibber the monkey by accident 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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At Oxford the scholarship is negative, however the marmalade velly sturdy. ” “Oh come, ma’am,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “Oxford pupil and is familiar with no Latin,” acknowledged pass over Lee seriously. “I have forgotten it,” acknowledged Captain Flint. leave out Lee used to be taking a look around the desk. “Now Loger,” she stated, “is velly stable, John no longer so reliable. Titty is tlying challenging. Su-san, Peggee and Nansee understand no Latin in any respect. they start initially. ” “Poor kids,” stated Captain Flint. “Not at all,” stated leave out Lee. “They will study speedy and meet up with Loger. we will lead Virgil … Aeneid … subsequent yr Georgics, pelhaps. … afterward Holace. …” Captain Flint observed his likelihood. “We can rarely remain see you later, ma’am,” he stated. “I need to take my workforce again to their households, and that i used to be going to invite you. …” leave out Lee’s eyes had narrowed. Her mouth was once a directly line. “You will stay,” she acknowledged quietly. “But isn’t it really awkward for you, ma’am? ” instructed Captain Flint. “Nancy tells me anything a couple of legislation of your father’s, a legislations approximately no longer conserving English prisoners. ” “Listen,” stated leave out Lee. “My father’s legislations was once to take no English plisoners. The Taicoon Chang bloke that legislation simply because he idea you have been Amelican. Now he is familiar with that you're English. we're the following 3 Taicoons, Chang, Wu and that i. and likewise there's my father’s counsellor. All, other than me, are looking to preserve my father’s legislation. … they wish no English plisoners. ” “Then why no longer allow us to cross and make every person satisfied? ” steered Captain Flint. “That wouldn't make anyone happy,” acknowledged leave out Lee. “Not my counsellor, now not Wu, no longer Chang. no longer you. they wish no English plisoners. they wish to chop off heads to avoid wasting tlouble. they're thlee. i'm one. yet I make my very own judgement and that i be aware of my father is excited for me to have my type of scholars. ” “But …” begun Captain Flint. “It is settled,” stated omit Lee. “Hoc volo. Sic jubeo. Dixi. ” Captain Flint used to be silent. The others stared at one another. Roger used to be grinning. “Loger,” acknowledged leave out Lee. “Tell him what it ability. ” “She ability she’s jolly good going to do what she wants,” stated Roger. For a while not anyone stated something. Then Captain Flint attempted back. “But, ma’am,” he acknowledged, “you won't wish me putting approximately consuming my head off doing not anything. Now if i may be getting a telegram domestic to inform their moms to not fear. ” “You will remain the following and study Latin,” stated pass over Lee. Captain Flint gasped. “But … yet …” “I will train you Latin,” stated omit Lee. “But alithmetic, tligonometly, you are going to educate. … i'm going to even have a type in histoly. …” “I understand the entire dates of the kings and queens,” stated Roger. “Loman histoly,” stated leave out Lee. “We lead Virgil. it truly is ploper to steer a few Loman Histoly. Annus urbis conditae? ” She seemed around the desk, after which at Captain Flint. Roger checked out Captain Flint, his eyes gleaming. “Um,” acknowledged Captain Flint. “Loger? ” acknowledged omit Lee. “Date of the founding of Rome,” stated Roger. “Seven-fifty-three B. C. ” “Velly strong, Loger,” acknowledged pass over Lee. “Swot,” stated Nancy less than her breath. “What? ” stated leave out Lee. “I didn't pay attention. ” Nancy blushed. “I intended he’s wasted. … I suggest he’s spent loads of time on classes.

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