Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of The Sea-hawk.
This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Rafael Sabatini, which is now, at last, again available to you.
Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside The Sea-hawk:
The first of these-although it was one which he may have been far from suspecting-was his equipment of youth, wealth, and good digestion; the second was that he had achieved honour and renown both upon the Spanish Main and in the late harrying of the Invincible Armada-or, more aptly perhaps might it be said, in the harrying of the late Invincible Armada-and that he had received in that the twenty-fifth year of his life the honour of knighthood from the Virgin Queen; the third and last contributor to his pleasant mood-and I have reserved it for the end as I account this to be the proper place for the most important factor-was Dan Cupid who for once seemed compounded entirely of benignity and who had so contrived matters that Sir Olivers wooing Of Mistress Rosamund Godolphin ran an entirely smooth and happy course.
...To come here and prate to me of my dead fathers dissoluteness and of an ancient quarrel between him and yours, to bleat of my trumped-up course of piracy and my own ways of life as a just cause why I may not wed your sister whilst the real consideration in your mind, the real spur to your hostility is not more than the matter of some few paltry pounds a year that I hinder you from pocketing.
...All this was in Lionels mind as he sat musing there, and again he struggled with that hideous insistent thought that if things should go ill with his brother at Arwenack, there would be great profit to himself; that these things he now enjoyed upon anothers bounty he would then enjoy in his own right.
... Then in revolt against that voice of an egoism so loathsome that in his better moments it inspired even himself with horror, he bethought him of Olivers unvarying, unwavering affection; he pondered all the loving care and kindness that through these years past Oliver had ever showered upon him; and he cursed the rottenness of a mind that could even admit such thoughts as those which he had been entertaining.
...When, however, he carries his petty hucksters rancour so far as to seek to choke for me my source of happiness in life and sends your brother to affront me, I am still so forbearing that I recognize your brother to be no more than a tool and go straight to the hand that wielded him.