“Agreed that it must be a balancelle and something altogether out of the common.”
“The balancelle hummed and quivered as she flew along, dancing lightly under our feet.”
“At daylight, however, sighting a balancelle ahead under a press of canvas, they had made sail in chase.”
“In reality, she was a true balancelle, with two short masts raking forward and two curved yards, each as long as her hull; a true child of the Latin lake, with a spread of two enormous sails resembling the pointed wings on a sea-bird's slender body, and herself, like a bird indeed, skimming rather than sailing the seas.”
“I would never have dared to bring him on board your balancelle," he once apologized to me.”
“The Mirror of the Sea" under his own name (a truly wonderful discovery) and in recognizing the balancelle _Tremolino_ in the unnamed little craft in which Mr. George plied his fantastic trade and sought to allay the pain of his incurable wound.”
“Surrender!" cried the commander of the _balancelle_, with the aid of his speaking-trumpet.”
“The _balancelle_, which was pursuing the little bark before the wind, had then still half an hour of twilight, and a whole night almost as light as day.”
“But, on withdrawing the instrument from his eye, he saw that, except the way which the balancelle had been able to make during that short instant, it was still at the same distance.”
“At the first sign of resistance," cried the commander of the balancelle, "fire!”
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