the flames touched his clothes and kissed his tender body, he raised his voice
and called aloud, "Say Father, say, If my task be done": Poor urchin
did not know that his father was lying dead, hit by a fatal shot long back.
Though the booming shots deafened him and the rolling flames scarred his brow
and body, he remained stationed to his post, unmoved and undaunted. When the
mast and sail, flag and shroud were all shattered, and himself caught between
life and death he again called loudly, but mildly seeking permission to leave
his post. No voice replied. Nothing returned his call. When the crisis deepened
his finest mettle came out - he remained steadfast . He was totally engulfed by
the flames. Soon the ship flew into million fragments by the thundering
explosions of Nelson's cannons. Everything went black and the sea was strewn
with the pieces of the Orient.
then, there reigned a frightening silence for a while over the sea, as a mark of
grief, as it were, to the heroic death of Casabianca. The little ten summer old
urchin died like a hero faithful unto death. Thus, his keen sense of loyalty and
spirit of discipline have become monumental. He surpassed even the Light
Brigade, in this regard.