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68. Cromwell's House. (continued)
"And yet, without the man, the king would have been rescued."
"They would have carried him to Greenwich," he said, "and put him on board a felucca with five barrels of powder in the hold. Once out to sea, you are too good a politician not to understand the rest, Mordaunt."
"Yes, they would have all been blown up."
"Just so. The explosion would have done what the axe had failed to do. Men would have said that the king had escaped human justice and been overtaken by God's. You see now why I did not care to know your gentleman in the mask; for really, in spite of his excellent intentions, I could not thank him for what he has done."
Mordaunt bowed humbly. "Sir," he said, "you are a profound thinker and your plan was sublime."
"Say absurd, since it has become useless. The only sublime ideas in politics are those which bear fruit. So to-night, Mordaunt, go to Greenwich and ask for the captain of the felucca Lightning. Show him a white handkerchief knotted at the four corners and tell the crew to disembark and carry the powder back to the arsenal, unless, indeed ---- "
"Unless?" said Mordaunt, whose face was lighted by a savage joy as Cromwell spoke:
"This skiff might be of use to you for personal projects."
"Oh, my lord, my lord!"
"That title," said Cromwell, laughing, "is all very well here, but take care a word like that does not escape your lips in public."
"But your honor will soon be called so generally."
"I hope so, at least," said Cromwell, rising and putting on his cloak.
"You are going, sir?"
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