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Clearly, the chart was a diagram of the ark, showing it open along the side, revealing all four decks and the animal pens and enclosures, the hay lofts, the storerooms, the cabins, latrines and galleys - and, above, a cutaway of Noah's Castle, where they presently were seated, and the Chapel with its sacrificial altar and chimney. Beneath the hump of the poop deck, there was a storeroom designated as "the Armoury."
"Armoury, Noah?" said Mrs Noyes.
"Yes. In case of Pirates."
"Pirates? What are Pirates?"
"Barbarians, madam. Vandals of the seven seas."
"Are you saying you expect we shall be attacked?"
Noah shrugged. "There is always the chance," he said.
"But - in Yaweh's Edict," said Mrs Noyes; "only we were to survive."
Noah waved the suggestion aside. "Clearly, in the long run, it is true that we along shall prevail. But not without trial, madam. Not without tribulation..."
"And not without Pirates?"
"Just so."

- Timothy Findley, Not Wanted On The Voyage

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