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PART FIRST
< Bucentaure." But being unable to regain her own ship, the boat is picked up by the "Mars," and the French Admiral is received aboard her.
The point of view changes.
SCENE   IV
THE  SAME.     THE  COCKPIT  OF  THE   "VICTORY"
A din of trampling and dragging overhead, which is accompanied by a continuous ground-bass roar from the guns of the warring fleets, culminates at times in loud concussions. The wounded are lying around in rows for treatment, some groaning, some silently dying, some dead. The gloomy atmosphere of the low-beamed deck is pervaded by a thick haze of smoke, powdered wood, and other dust, and is heavy with the fumes of gunpowder and candle-grease, 'the odour of drugs and cordials, and the smell from abdominal wounds.
NELSON, his face now pinched and wan with suffering, is lying undressed in a midshipman's berth, dimly lit by a lantern. & Dn BEATTY, Dr. MAGRATH, the Rev. Dr. SCOTT the Chaplain, BURKE the Purser, the Steward, and a few others stand around.
MAGRATH (in a low voice) Poor Ram, and poor Tom Whipple, have just gone.
BEATTY There was no hope for them.
NELSON (brokenly)
Who have just died ?
BEATTY
Two who were badly hit by now, my lord; Lieutenant Ram and Mr. Whipple.
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