The devoted admirer of Shuffles's nobleness and goodness was greatly disconcerted by the blunt statements of the second master, who had declared that the ship's company were almost in a state of mutiny against the captain. She continued her inquiries among other officers; but, though some of them thought it was quite unnecessary to go to sea, they all spoke very handsomely of Shuffles.
"In due time they will be satisfied that the captain is right. I fully agree with him, and think that the ship ought to go to sea." "Of course, I expect to find you on the right side, Commodore Kendall," said Grace. "Certainly I'm always on your side," he replied, becoming astonishingly bold for him. "Then we are both on Captain Shuffles's side. Who is the officer standing near us?"
"What did the new captain do this afternoon, the very minute the crew were dismissed from their stations?" "I don't know. What did he do?" inquired Raymond, curiously. "Didn't he rush down into the main cabin? Didn't he have a long talk with Lowington? Then, wasn't the signal for sailing hoisted at once? I tell you this is all Shuffles's doings."
"They say Shuffles is teasing him to remit the rest of the penalty." "Shuffles!" "That's so; and Lowington promised to consider the matter. Tom Perth told me this; and he heard Shuffles talking to the principal about it." "Humph! I don't want to go on those terms," replied Howe, in disgust. "That's some more of Shuffles's cant! One of his sensations!
Shuffles's jaw dropped down, and his lip quivered with angry emotion. "That little whipper-snapper of a Kendall did that," said Wilton, in a low tone, to the disappointed candidate. "I was afraid of this when I saw him blowing about the deck."