Manoel Lagoa, chief diver of Macau's Japan Fleet, had his hand cupped by his ear. At last he heard the sound he had been waiting for: Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Dong. . . Nine bells. It was, according to the bell towers of Nagasaki, the Hour of the Rat, what Europeans would call midnight.
Lopo Sarmento de Carvalho, the captain . . .
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