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gets nervous and begins to sing. He takes one more gin and from that moment they are adversaries. Next day Charlie wakes up and sees Rose taking revenge by throwing his bottles into the sea. Charlie is furious with her because she answers all his questions with silence. That makes him more and more furious: He abuses her and demands for a fair conversation. Rose reveals that not his drunkenness, but his not kept promise bothers her. Charlie admits his defeat, gives in and starts for the gunboat. They pass the gun-fortified German fort at Shona. While being fired, the African Queen loses power right, the steam hose disconnects and the pressure drops direct in front of the fort. They were easy targets for the enemies. Charlie daringly repairs the hose risking exposure of the guns

of the fort. They survive also the danger of the snipers as they were out of range. But the series of dangers directly continues: They come into hazardous, wild rapids. With some luck, and the great navigation skill of Rose, they also survive those obstacles. Now they forget themselves, give vent to their feelings and they fall in love. He feels he can trust her and depend on her as he had never trusted nor depended upon a woman in his life. All the misery and tension of his life dropped away from him as he embraces her. After their first night Rose ask him for his first name, she wants to be less formal. Rose gets some doubt about her plan and decides to give it up. After another encounter with rapids, the African Queen is damaged and they must stop for a while. A shaft has been

twisted and one blade of the propeller is broken, but they can repair that damage and continue their travel. They enter unknown area on a slow-moving river. First, they are attacked by mosquitoes which bite them. They are infected by the malaria fever; that turned out later. Charlie and Rose begin to think of their life and maybe prepare to die. Rose has not done her prayers since the start of this travel and she also hasn’t thought about God for this time. Rose now prays for forgiveness of neglect. She thinks this journey is the punishment for her neglect. In the oppressive atmosphere of the jungle they become stuck at the river’s end. Charlie must go into the muddy water and pull the ship in deeper water. When he comes back from the river he is full of leeches on his body.

Rose gets hysterical and tries to remove that creatures with salt from his body. But he has to go into the water once more because he hasn’t yet finished his job successfully. They prepare to die in love. There was no way out but Rose prays to God for mercy. During the night, a storm raises the water level: The African Queen could now again be manoeuvred. In their pleasure about their incredible rescue they see the enemy ship Louisa which had set course to them. They begin to take cover in the seeds. With regained optimism, Charlie builds self-made torpedoes with detonators and inserts them in the bow of the African Queen. They see that as a chance to sink the German warship. Rose and Charlie quarrel about whether he, she or both should do that mission, but finally they agree

on doing it together. They plan on ramming the gunboat at night, that is more safety. But a strong storm sinks the African Queen in the wavy water and they become separated. At dawn , Charlie is picked up on an island by the German gunboat. Soon after this, Rose is found on another island and she is also taken prisoner. Rose keeps in her hands a life-buoy, and on it you could read the name “African Queen”. Now only the President of the court becomes interested in the notice which von Hanneken has sent, about missing a steam boat. Charlie is too weary and ill to take much note of his surroundings. Rose tells the Captain that Allnutt and she have brought the African Queen down to the rapids and through the Bora delta. This causes the Captain’s admiration for Rose: He won’t

punish her by the death penalty. In the cabin, when looking round for Charlie, Rose becomes conscious of his sick weariness. The Captain knows that normally he has to intern the two persons. He doesn’t want to do that because they are very ill. All the laws dictate him to do something else, in spite of the probable blame of van Hanneken, he has the intention to send them to German Central Africa. In Port Albert, Belgian Congo, there are two motor-boats sent out from England. These boats are faster, easier in handling and they have automatic guns. The senior naval officer of that port is an English lieutenant-commander. He wants to sink the Louisa. The Louisa is seen far away with a white flag instead of the German ensign. The ship is supposed to know about the arrival of the