The Ruby in the Smoke - Chapter 19: The East India Docks, and Chapter 20: The Clock Tower Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 19: The East India Docks, and Chapter 20: The Clock Tower Summary

The cab drives towards the docks, and eventually stops. Van Eeden tells Sally that she may either come with him on a ship going east, or she can stay and he will kill her. He explains that he had an arrangement with Lockhart and Selby Shipping Company to trade opium. Mr. Lockhart refused to deal in opium, even the legitimate, high quality stuff that was stamped with the government's seal of approval. Van Eeden therefore came to a secret agreement with Selby. He would attack passing ships in his role as Ah Ling, pirate and leader of The Seven Blessings. He would take their opium, sink the ships, then mix low quality opium with it and give it a fake stamp of approval. That opium...

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