A vivid image of a girl running to bring the latest news, like a French frigate sailing in. 

Beguildy came panting after, apron flying, and loaded with news, like one of the French frigates folk tell of.  

Source: Mary Webb, Precious Bane (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981), p. 85

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