By L. A. Meyer
Everything she does is incorrect. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her desk manners--disgusting! Then there is the small subject of her blue anchor tattoo. . . .
Despite her most sensible efforts, Jacky can not seem to remain out of difficulty lengthy adequate to devote herself to being ladylike. yet what enjoyable may that be, anyway?
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I'm in total confusion. Tory? My mind races back for that word and I remembers it from when I was a child and riding Hugh the Grand's broad shoulders and reading the newspapers pinned to the print-shop walls for the amusement of the Fleet Street crowd. Tory? She's callin' me a conservative member of Parliament? I don't get it. " I blurts out. "I ain't no Tory. " Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid. As soon as it's out me mouth I know it's stupid stupid stupid and makes me sound like I just fell off the back of a Cheap-side turnip wagon.
1. Orphans—Fiction. 2. Sex role—Fiction. 3. Friendship—Fiction. 4. Schools—Fiction. 5. ] I. Title: Curse of the blue tattoo. II. Title. M57172B1 2004 [Fic]—dc22 2003019032 ISBN 0-15-205115-5 Text set in Minion Display set in Pabst Designed by Cathy Riggs E G H F Printed in the United States of America For Annetje, as always, and for Matthew and Nathaniel PART I Chapter 1 It was a hard comin' I had of it, that's for sure. It was hard enough comin' up from the brig, the cell down below where they had me kept these past few weeks, squintin' into the light to see all of the dear Dolphin's sailors lined up along the spars of the great masts and in other parts of the riggin', all four hundred of 'em, bless 'em, my mates for the past year and a half, all cheerin' and hallooin' and wavin' me off.
I felt that I should have been allowed to go back to England with them. I wouldn'a caused no trouble—they could have kept me in the brig the whole time if they wanted. But, oh no, that would have been too easy, too reasonable for the Royal Navy. No, far better to kick me off thousands of miles and an ocean away from my intended husband, that being Midshipman James Emerson Fletcher, Jaimy for short. I take Jaimy's letter and put it in my seabag for readin' later, 'cause I know that if I read it now, I'll break down altogether and be a mess.