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The Black Corsair,Emilio Salgari,Translated by Nico Lorenzutti. Edited by Catherine Peck,The Black Corsair,By Emilio Salgari. Original Title Il corsaro nero,First published in Italian in 1898. Translated from the Italian by Nico Lorenzutti,Edited by Catherine Peck. First paperback edition,Copyright 2011 by Nico Lorenzutti.
All Rights Reserved, No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means. graphic electronic or mechanical including photocopying recording taping or by any. information storage retrieval system without the written permission of the publisher. For information address,info rohpress com,Visit our website at. www rohpress com, Cover an adaptation of the 1898 edition published in Genova by Donath. Artwork by Pipein Gamba, Special thanks to Lucio Costantini and l Associazione Friulana Emilio Salgari Udine. Italia www emiliosalgari friuli maieutico net,ISBN 978 0 9782707 8 0.
Printed in the United States of America,Chapter 1 The Pirates of Tortuga 1. Chapter 2 A Daring Expedition 9,Chapter 3 The Prisoner 17. Chapter 4 In The Tavern 23,Chapter 5 The Hanged 29. Chapter 6 The Situation Gets Worse 43,Chapter 7 A Duel Between Gentlemen 52. Chapter 8 A Miraculous Escape 61,Chapter 9 The Oath 71.
Chapter 10 Aboard The Thunder 77,Chapter 11 The Flemish Duchess 90. Chapter 12 Dinner 97,Chapter 13 Mysterious Charms 104. Chapter 14 The Hurricane 111,Chapter 15 Piracy 117. Chapter 16 Tortuga 123,Chapter 17 The Black Corsair s Villa 130. Chapter 18 The Black Corsair s Hatred 139,Chapter 19 The Attack on Maracaibo 148.
Chapter 20 In Pursuit of the Governor of Maracaibo 155. Chapter 21 In the Jungle 162,Chapter 22 The Swamps 169. Chapter 23 The Jaguar Attacks 175,Chapter 24 Carmaux s Misfortunes 182. Chapter 25 The Cannibals 188,Chapter 26 The Ambush 196. Chapter 27 Caught Between Arrows and Claws 203,Chapter 28 A Winged Threat 209. Chapter 29 The Traitor s Escape 216,Chapter 30 The Spanish Caravel 224.
Chapter 31 Under Siege 235,Chapter 32 The Blockade 243. Chapter 33 The Promise of a Castilian Nobleman 250. Chapter 34 L Ollonais 258,Chapter 35 The Battle for Gibraltar 265. Chapter 36 The Black Corsair s Oath 274,The Pirates of Tortuga. A powerful voice shot menacingly out of the darkness. You there in the rowboat Identify yourselves, A small boat manned by two dark figures had been advancing with. difficulty over the ink black waters fleeing a shore barely visible on the. horizon but halted at the sound of that command, Quickly drawing in their oars the oarsmen nervously fixed their eyes.
upon the dark mass that had emerged suddenly from the murky depths. of the Caribbean, Both in their forties their angular features were almost hidden by. thick bristling beards that had never known the touch of a comb or. blade Holes riddled their large felt hats the brims tattered their flannel. shirts were little more than well worn rags torn away at the shoulder. and barely covering their strong chests Large heavy pistols of the kind. used towards the end of the sixteenth century peeped from their grimy. red sashes Their breeches were torn their legs and feet caked in black. The two fugitives quickly eyed that immense silhouette that loomed. beneath the stars and shifted uneasily, Carmaux whispered the younger Your eyes are sharper One of. ours or one of theirs, I know not though she s only three pistol shots from us I can t. make out if she s from Tortuga or the Spanish Main. Could she be one of ours A pirate ship this close to the Spanish. forts None of our ships would dare venture this far alone. Well Van Stiller whoever they may be they re not going to let us. pass If we tried to flee a volley of grapeshot would send us both to. brother Beelzebub, The voice even more powerful and resounding echoed through the. darkness once again,Who goes there,The devil mumbled the one named Van Stiller.
His friend however clambered atop his thwart and shouted at the top. of his voice, Who s the scoundrel that wants to know If you re that curious. come down and see for yourself We ll fill your hide with bullets. No retort of grapeshot came from the sentry on the bridge pleased. he replied, Advance my brave friends You are welcome among the Brethren. of the Coast, The Brethren of the Coast the two men howled in joyous unison. Carmaux added Sink me if I didn t recognize the voice that gave us. that bit of good news, Who do you think it is asked his friend taking up his oar with re. newed vigour, There s only one man on Tortuga brave enough to face the Spanish.
The Black Corsair,Good Lord Him, He s not going to be happy when he hears the news Carmaux. whispered apprehensively,He was probably hoping to arrive in time. Undoubtedly Van Stiller,That s twice now,Yes two brothers both hanged. He ll seek vengeance Carmaux, Aye and we ll be with him The day I see that damned Governor of. Maracaibo hang will be the happiest of my life I ve got two emeralds. sewn in the lining of my breeches worth at least a thousand pieces of. eight to spend in celebration Ah Here we are What did I tell you The. Black Corsair s ship, The ship barely perceptible in the darkness moments earlier now.
towered above the small rowboat She was a brik one of the racing. ships the pirates of Tortuga used to chase the large Spanish galleons. returning to Europe laden with the treasures of Mexico Central Amer. ica and the Caribbean She was a good ship with tall masts that caught. at the lightest breeze a narrow hull a tall bow and stern and heavily. armed Twelve cannons peered from gun ports on her port and star. board sides Two large chasers stood atop the quarterdeck. The pirate ship had halted to await the rowboat s approach A lantern. on the bow cast its glow upon a dozen men all armed with muskets. ready to fire at any suspicious movement, The rowboat drew up beneath the ship s bow and the two oarsmen. grasped hold of the rope thrown to them moored their boat took in. their oars then climbed up onto the deck Two men immediately trained. muskets on them while a third approached shining his lantern on the. new arrivals,Who are you he asked, As Beelzebub is my patron exclaimed Carmaux Don t you recog. nize your friends, Stab me Carmaux the Biscayan shouted the man with the lantern. Still alive and after all the pirates of Tortuga mourned your death. And Well This is a day for resurrections Aren t you Van Stiller the. In the flesh,You escaped the noose as well eh, Aye I thought it might be fun to live a few more years. And your captain,Ahhh said Carmaux,You can tell us Is he dead.
Enough shouted the harsh voice that had earlier threatened the two. men in the rowboat, The Black Corsair muttered Van Stiller with a shiver. At your service Cap n replied Carmaux raising his voice. A man clad all in black descended from the bridge and approached. his right hand resting on the butt of a pistol tucked in his sash He was. attired with an elegance not often seen amongst the pirates of the Span. ish Main men easily satisfied with a shirt and a simple pair of breeches. and who took greater care of their weapons than their garments. He wore a fine cloak of black silk trimmed with lace of the same of. colour black silk trousers a fringed black sash long black riding boots. and a wide brimmed felt hat adorned with a long black feather that. curved down to his shoulders, His face stark against his black embroidered collar and his hat s wide. brim was extremely pale almost like marble and was framed by a. curled black beard, Though his expression was sombre his features were handsome an. elegant nose a small mouth with lips as red as coral a high forehead. furrowed by a fine line which gave his face a slight melancholy air eyes. as black as coal vivid and powerful that at times burned with an inten. sity that could instil fear in Tortuga s fiercest pirates His tall proud bear. ing made it immediately apparent that he was of noble birth and above. all a man accustomed to command, As he drew nearer Carmaux and Van Stiller exchanged a nervous. Who are you asked the Corsair halting before them his right hand. still resting on the butt of his pistol, Two pirates from Tortuga sir two Brethren of the Coast replied.
Coming from,You escaped from the Spanish,Who was your captain. The Red Corsair, The Black Corsair started and fell silent for a moment his eyes slowly. filling with rage,My brother he said a slight quiver in his voice. He grabbed Carmaux by the arm and pulled him towards the stern. almost dragging the pirate off his feet Once below the bridge he raised. his head towards the man at the wheel, Morgan maintain our present course gunners at the ready no man. to leave his station I want all eyes on the water keep me informed of. any suspicious movements, Yes Captain the pirate replied You ll be warned at the first sign.
of any vessel, Still leading Carmaux by the arm the Black Corsair made his way be. low deck and entered a small cabin It was elegantly furnished and lit by. a small gilded lamp He let go of Carmaux s arm and offered him a chair. We ll talk,At your service Cap n, The Corsair fixed his eyes upon the pirate and crossed his arms his. pale face now ashen Twice he opened his mouth to speak only to close. it again as if afraid of asking a question perhaps dreading to hear the. man s reply Finally with great effort he whispered They ve killed him. haven t they, Aye Cap n sighed Carmaux Just like they killed his brother the. Green Corsair, A savage cry of agony left the captain s lips Carmaux watched in si. lence as he turned horribly pale and clutched his heart slumped into a. chair and hid his face behind the wide brim of his hat The Corsair re. mained so for several minutes during which time the pirate heard him. sob repeatedly Then abruptly the Corsair sprang to his feet ashamed of. that display of weakness, All traces of grief had vanished and his face had regained its normal.
pallor his eyes blazing with a dark frightening light He began to pace. around the cabin then returned to his chair and sat down. I feared I d be too late nevertheless vengeance will be mine Did. they shoot him,Hanged him sir,Are you certain of this. I saw him with my very eyes hanging from the gallows in the Plaza. de Granada,When did they kill him,Early this afternoon. How did he die, Valiantly sir The Red Corsair could not have died otherwise. Even when the noose had tightened round his neck he still had the. strength to spit in the Governor s face,That wretch Van Guld. Aye the Flemish duke, Him Again Always him Three of my brothers killed by that wretch.
one in betrayal and two on the gallows, They were the two most daring corsairs in these waters sir blood. enemies of the governor til their graves, They sought vengeance as I do the pirate shouted savagely I will. not rest until I ve destroyed Van Guld his family and the city he gov. erns Maracaibo has been fatal to me but I can be just as deadly If I. have to I ll summon every pirate on Tortuga and rally all the buccaneers. in Cuba and Santo Domingo to my banner We ll raze the city to the. ground Now my friend tell me all How were you captured. We weren t taken by force of arms Cap n We were ambushed when. we were defenceless As you know your brother went to Maracaibo to. avenge the death of the Green Corsair having sworn as do you to hang. the Flemish duke There were eighty of us in all determined to do any. thing even face a squadron, But Fate was against us we were caught in a hurricane just as we. reached the Gulf of Venezuela It swept us into shallow waters where. the waves shattered our vessel After a long struggle only twenty six of. us managed to reach the shore unarmed and exhausted barely strong. enough to carry on, Your brother never gave up hope Fearing the Spanish had been in. formed of our presence and had set out to find us he rallied our men. and slowly led us through the swamps We were heading to find shelter. in the jungle when we fell into an ambush Three hundred Spaniards led. by Van Guld himself quickly surrounded us and closed in killing those. that attempted to defend themselves In the end the survivors were. taken captive to Maracaibo,Was my brother among them.
Aye Cap n Though armed with only a dagger he defended himself. like a lion preferring to die on the field rather than on the gallows but. the Flemish duke had recognized him and ordered his men to take him. alive They dragged us to Maracaibo and once we d been beaten by. every soldier and scoundrel in town they condemned us to the gallows. Yesterday morning Van Stiller and I strangled our guard and escaped. We hid not far from the plaza and watched them hang your brother and. his crew Later a friend gave us his rowboat and once it was dark we set. off for Tortuga That s all Cap n,My brother is dead the Corsair said calmly. I saw it with my own eyes,Is he still hanging in the plaza. He ll hang there for three days,Then he ll probably be thrown into some sewer. Undoubtedly Cap n,The Corsair stood up and approached the pirate. Are you afraid of tempting fate he asked sombrely,I don t even fear Beelzebub Cap n.
The Black Corsair started and fell silent for a moment his eyes slowly filling with rage My brother he said a slight quiver in his voice He grabbed Carmaux by the arm and pulled him towards the stern almost dragging the pirate off his feet Once below the bridge he raised his head towards the man at the wheel

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