It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.
Nor was the freebooter's conversation more in accord with his surroundings.
True, the law said it was his, but the law did not mean to reward the freebooter; yet that is exactly what it did.
He was a freebooter with most of the virtues and vices of his kind.
He had the Viking spirit, and he burnt with a freebooter's passion for the sea.
"Let us enter," said the freebooter, preceding his companions.
They thought that his purpose was merely that of a freebooter.
She was riding away with a freebooter, a road-agent, to be held for ransom.
They entertained the freebooter, and like him have long since mouldered to ashes.
The taxpayer in him was stronger than the freebooter, after all.