Who was Sir Ralph in Robert Southey’s poem The Inchcape Rock? What did he want?
Describe how Sir Ralph the Rover destroyed the Inchcape bell.
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Sir Ralph was a sea-pirate, and naturally an evil man. He wanted to loot the ships by pushing the ship-men in danger of the rock. So he planned to cut down the bell from the Inchcape Rock.
One day Sir Ralph the Rover steered his boat to the Inchcape Rock. His men were with him. Sir Ralph bent over from the boat and cut the bell from the Inchcape Rock. The bell sank down with a gurgling sound and making bubbles.
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