Aug 21, 2019 2:07 PM
Fabulous Rebecca encounters the Napoleonic wars
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"Thank you," she says to the surgeon. And she smiles at the little girl. "What's your name? I'm Rebecca."

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"Kitty!" 

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"It's nice to meet you, Kitty!"

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"Papa tells me you fought a swarm! I've never seen a swarm except once back home and Plymouth and then Mama made it go away before I could even get a proper good look. Was it very frightening?" 

"Mind your manners, dear," her Papa says absently. 

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"It was a little scary! I'm sure I would have been much more scared if I'd gotten hurt but I stayed out of its way and just used magic."

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"What sort of magic can you do? I can make things move about just by thinking, it's terribly useful." She demonstrates with the salt-cellar. (Captain Tilney plucks it out of the air with the disinterested expression of a man who's done this many, many times before). 

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"That's a good one! I can make ice." She hands a hailstone across the table.

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Kitty accepts it solemnly. 

"My Mama does lightning! She also used to go on ships before she married my Papa and had me." 

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"Lightning would be useful if you found a big monster, I bet!"

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"Wouldn't it just?" She slumps in her chair. "I never have, though." 

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"Well. Y'know. That's good."

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"That's what Papa always says. But if I do find one I won't be scared and I shall give it a good thumping." 

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"Perhaps you shall."

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"There was a monster at Plymouth when I was a very little baby, Mama says, and she and Mrs. Forster - Mrs. Forster is Mama's very particular friend - and Miss Allen and Miss Carter and Miss Wright all together had to drive it off so it wouldn't get into the port." 

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"That was very brave of them!"

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"I do not think it can have been a very big monster." 

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"Well, maybe it wasn't. There was one the size of a horse near where I grew up once but I didn't get to see it, my mother kept me in the house."

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"Very sensible of her," opines Captain Tilney. 

Captain Harville wants to know how she's finding life aboard the Clarence.

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"It's all right. I suppose the only thing I'd want really is a piano and it'd be a bit difficult on a boat, wouldn't it?"

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Captain Morland had a Captain had a piano when he was ship's boy on the Royal George, but of course that was the service and things were different then.

"Do you play?" 

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"Well, I haven't practiced in weeks and weeks."

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The Surgeon has a violoncello, which she is welcome to come over and play if it's any good to her. 

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"I'd love to, I've never tried it but it'd be such fun to try."

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"Do you know your way around a violin? It's not so very different." 

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"Never had a chance!"

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