By Patrick O'Brian
"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is in regards to the neatest thing afloat....For Conradian strength of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."―Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty repute, Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal and healthcare professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry choked with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and unsafe spy―and a treacherous illness that decimates the group. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her existence into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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She was once now not homeless. The loan on Mapes, her huge and spreading condominium, have been paid off with the spoils of Mauritius; yet she hottest letting it. Her son-in-law, whilst in charge of a squadron within the Indian Ocean, had held the transitority put up of commodore, and once the crusade used to be over, once the squadron was once dispersed, he had within the typical process occasions reverted to the rank of captain: there has been no degradation. This have been defined to Mrs Williams repeatedly; she had definitely understood the straightforward evidence; and it was once without doubt a degree of the powerful, silly, domineering woman's longing for pity, if now not approval, that she may now convey all of it out back in his presence, figuring out that he knew the falsity of her phrases. but in time even Mrs Williams's voice grew hoarse and Sir James's demeanour extra authoritative; the imminence of dinner turned unmistakable; Sophie popped out and in; and eventually the session got here to an finish. Stephen went out to fetch Jack from the stables, and so they met part means, one of the steaming lots of lime. 'Stephen! How very blissful i'm to determine you,' cried Jack, clapping either fingers on Stephen's shoulders and searching down into his face with nice affection. 'How do you do? ' 'We have introduced it off,' stated Stephen. 'Sir James is absolute: Scarborough, or we can't solution for the results; and the sufferer is to trip less than the care of an attendant belonging to Dr Lettsome. ' 'Well, i'm chuffed the previous woman is to be sorted so well,' acknowledged Jack, chuckling. 'Come and view my newest buy. ' 'She is an outstanding creature, to be sure,' stated Stephen, as they watched the filly being led up and down. an exceptional creature, maybe a shine too fantastic, even flashy; a little bit ewe-hocked; and definitely that wish of barrel may denote an absence of backside? An evil-tempered ear and eye. 'Will i am getting on her again? ' he requested. 'There will not be time,' acknowledged Jack, his watch. 'The dinner-bell will move without delay. yet - 'casting an admiring backward eye as he moved quickly Stephen away - 'is she now not a powerful animal? simply made to win the Oaks. ' 'I am no nice pass judgement on of horseflesh,' acknowledged Stephen, 'yet I do beg, Jack, that you'll no longer lay cash at the creature until you may have watched her six months and extra. ' 'Bless you,' stated Jack, 'I can be at sea lengthy prior to that, and so will you, i'm hoping, in the event that your events let it - we needs to run like hares - i've got nice information - will let you know the instant the medicoes are away. ' The hares blundered on, gasping. Jack cried, 'Your dunnage is on your outdated room, of course,' and plunged up the steps to shift his coat, reappearing to wave his site visitors to the dining-table because the clock struck the 1st stroke of the hour. 'One of the various issues i admire concerning the Navy,' stated Sir James, part means throughout the first get rid of, 'is that it teaches a formal admire for time. With sailors a guy constantly understands while he's going to take a seat to desk; and his digestive organs are thankful for this punctuality. ' 'I may well want a guy additionally knew whilst he used to be going to upward thrust from table,' saw Jack inside of, a few hours later, while Sir James's organs have been nonetheless displaying gratitude to the port and walnuts.