The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

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12 New Arabian Nights: by Robert Louis Stevenson ( Chatto and Windus,
1882).
13pis aller: last resort.
14voie douloureuse: path of sorrows.
17 Flensburg: western Germany's most northerly large city, situated in
Schleswig Holstein. Under Danish rule, it became the capital of Schleswig
in 1848 and was occupied by Prussia after the German-Danish War of
1864.
18 Bradshaw: George Bradshaw ( 1801-53) was the originator of railway
guides. Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables appeared in 1839 and became
Bradshaw's Monthly Railway Guide in 1841.
20faute de mieux: for lack of anything better.
39Frisian Islands: a low-lying chain of islands from 3 to 20 miles off the
north-European mainland, extending in an arc from near the port of
Den Helder (north-west Netherlands), east along the Dutch and Ger-
man coasts as far as the River Elbe and north along the coast of Schleswig-
Holstein (western Germany) and the southern coast of the Jutland
Peninsula ( Denmark). The West Frisian Islands belong to the Nether-
lands, the East Frisian Islands belong to Germany, and the North Fri-
sian Islands are divided between Germany and Denmark.
Texel: an inhabited island with a large area of polder or land reclaimed
from the Wadden Zee.
41Dutch Islands: Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, and Schlermonnikog
and the virtually uninhabited Simonszand, Boschplaat, Rottumerplaat,
and Rottum.
German Islands: Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog,
Spiekeroog, and Wangeroog which have scattered farmsteads and small
villages. Scharhörn is uninhabited and Neuwerk has only lighthouse
keepers. Borkum and Nordeney are popular resorts.
Falcon: Edward Frederick Knight The 'Falcon' on the Baltic ( W. H. Allen, 1888). In the novel, Knight ( 1852-1925), British yachtsman and
author, writes of his voyage to Copenhagen in a converted lifeboat ( Fal-
con
). Knight, like Childers, in life and writing explored the East Frisian
Islands. The Falcon became a favourite reference book for amateur yachts-
men.
42'hardy Corinthian' style: the shameless or brazen style of storytelling of
Corinthians; amateur yachtsmen who sail their own yacht without the
aid of a professional skipper.

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  • Oxford World's Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xix
  • Select Bibliography xx
  • A Chronology of Robert Erskine Childers xxi
  • Preface to the Present Edition 2
  • Preface to the Original Edition 3
  • Note 5
  • Chapter I the Letter 11
  • Chapter II the Dulcibella 17
  • Chapter III Davies 28
  • Chapter IV Retrospect 36
  • Chapter IV Retrospect 43
  • Chapter IV Retrospect 50
  • Chapter IV Retrospect 56
  • Chapter VIII the Theory 67
  • Chapter IX I Sign Articles 77
  • Chapter X His Chance 85
  • Chapter XI the Pathfinders 92
  • Chapter XII My Initiation 99
  • Chapter XII My Initiation 108
  • Chapter XIV the First Night in the Islands 113
  • Chapter XV Bensersiel 120
  • Chapter XVI Commander Von Brüning 126
  • Chapter XVI Commander Von Brüning 138
  • Chapter XVIII Imperial Escort 148
  • Chapter XIX the Rubicon 153
  • Chapter XX the Little Drab Book 164
  • Chapter XX the Little Drab Book 173
  • Chapter XXII the Quartette 186
  • Chapter XXIII a Change of Tactics 196
  • Chapter XXIII a Change of Tactics 207
  • Chapter XXIII a Change of Tactics 220
  • Chapter XVII the Seven Siels 230
  • Chapter XXVII the Luck of the Stowaway 240
  • Chapter XXVII the Luck of the Stowaway 252
  • Epilogue by the Editor 260
  • Explanatory Notes 269
  • Nautical Glossary 275
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