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Long Odds

Harold Bindloss

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. . .t or impossible to bring the thing home to him, but I understand from Father Tiebout that you engaged the boys for Lamartine and pledged your word to send them home when the time agreed upon expired. Father Tiebout merely asked me to tell you. He said that if you recognized any responsibility in the matter you would not shrink from it."

Ormsgill crumpled up the letter and sat very still, gazing into the dimness that was creeping up from Africa across the sea. The message was terse, and though the writing was that of Nares he saw the wisdom of Father Tiebout in it. Nares when he was moved spoke at length and plainly, but the little priest had a way of making other folks do what he wanted, as it were, of their own accord, and without his prompting them.

It grew rapidly darker, but Ormsgill did not notice it. The deep rumble of the surf was in his ears, and the restlessness of the sea crept in on him. He had heard that thunderous booming on sweltering Afr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have generally liked the Harold Bindloss books I've read previously, some eight of them so far. But this book was a bit tough. The problem, mostly, was that the book was hideously, and unremittingly racist. Instead of the Pacific Northwest, where many of Bindloss books are set, this one is set alo