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The Noble Slaves, 1722; Charlotta du Pont, 1723). And as the misanthropic but magnetic lover of a woman stolen from the harem, Avery’s most direct descendant may be Byron’s Conrad, although Avery usually sidesteps Conrad’s tragic end. ” They represent possible paths for slavers, colonialists, explorers, displaced Jacobites, and anyone else implicated in the pleasures and perils of colonial ambitions. As should be clear by now, while twenty-first-century Anglophone love for pirate yarns shows little sign of waning, ours is a cultural moment with 32 ● British Pirates in Print and Performance centuries of literary legacy behind it; popular English tales of piracy did not begin with Stevenson or Barrie or Gilbert and Sullivan.
Cross introduced Blackbeard as a shrewd and calculating leader, 40 ● British Pirates in Print and Performance one who relied on intimidation and fear rather than violence and bloodshed to subdue the crews on the ships he attacked. Too impatient to play the lover, he was more adept in menacing than in seducing. For the final scene in which he confronts Lieutenant Robert Maynard, he steps forth brandishing his saber with smoke streaming from his beard. Contrary to the modern-day picture of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded a captive vessel with the sanction not of their captain but of their crew.
As the crew hastens to load the cannons and prepare for action, William and Nancy exchange tokens. A scene on the quarterdeck shows the guns and rigging readied for action. The engagement is swift and bloody. Princess Ismene and her lover, Abdallah, are taken hostage. Blackbeard has Ismene brought to his cabin by moonlight. Becoming enamored of the princess, he provides her with an adjacent cabin and has Abdallah put in chains. The ship steers through the Straits of Madagascar to Blackbeard’s fortress, where his accumulated booty is locked away under the care of Orra, his wife.