Saturday, December 23, 2006

Lunchtime read: The Shadow-Line post IV

The story starts to get interesting as the ship and the crew pit their mental strength against an unforseen enemy - the weather and the curse of the former captain.

Highlights from chapter Four
* The boat is hardly moving at all and the men are getting exhausted trying to get the boat to move faster and one by one they go down ill but the captain is relieved because he has six bottles of quinine to fight the fever

* Burns, the first mate continues to improve but is obsessed with the idea that it is the old captain that is holding up the ship and his theories start to get to the captain when freak winds push the sjip back, the spare bottles of quinine turn to dust and the crew starts to go down with illness

Can they escape from the calm sea? More tomorrow...

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