The chapters included in The Siege of Malta are elaborated in this chapter. The sacking of Gozo and the similar attempt upon Malta struck great terror into the islands whose inhabitants were not in a more defensible situation. The tramp of Don Manuel's arm-gaunt steed brought the attendants with the chocolate. The inhabitants of Malta, feudal subjects of the Knights, raised companies of four thousand good musqueteers, and the mercenary soldiers and volunteers amounted to two or three thousand more, a slender force to resist a land army of thirty thousand men, who came assisted by so very large a naval contingent. The Grand Master was particularly affected by the death of Abel de Bridiers de la Gardampe. The present town of Malta, or as it is properly called of La Valette, is perhaps one of the most singular in Europe.
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