By Patrick O'Brian
To the satisfaction of hundreds of thousands of Patrick O'Brian lovers, this is the ultimate, partial installment of the Aubrey/Maturin sequence, for the 1st time in paperback.Blue on the Mizzen (novel #20) ended with Jack Aubrey getting the inside track, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. the following novel, unfinished and untitled on the time of the author's demise, may were the chronicle of that undertaking, and masses else in addition to. the 3 chapters left on O'Brian's table are awarded right here either in revealed version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which fits a number of pages past the top of the typescript to incorporate a duel among Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who's dating his fianc?e. in fact we'd relatively have had the complete tale; in its place we've got this evidence that O'Brian's powers of remark, his humor, and his knowing of his characters have been undiminished to the tip.
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Dearest S a m , you have not changed,' said J a c k as they clasped hands. T h e n S a m knelt and patted his father's feet, a gesture as natural as the sun. T h e n S t e p h e n led his m e n forward, and they all kissed the Legate's ring. 'We must go,' said S a m , lifting his ear to a distant bell. ' 'I shall look forward to it extremely,' said J a c k , and he went below while he could still do so with a d e c e n t composure. 42 IN THE CLOSE-PACKED c o m m u n i t y that made up the crew of a man-of-war there was extremely little privacy: they ate, slept, washed, relieved themselves in pub lic; in public they were flogged, unless they happened to be officers - and in that case a severe admonition was very soon made known throughout the ship.
He did,' said S i m m o n s , embarrassed. ' 'Ah,' said J a c k , aware that his question was untimely. 'I only asked because I thought he might answer some of my less important questions - an admiral has plenty to do without being pestered. " 'I am afraid that would scarcely answer. Poor Coulter had been hauled over the coals before now for exceeding his office . . ' 'Oh, i n d e e d ? ' T h a t had been a short, unhappy cruise when J a c k was lent to the ship to take the place o f her third lieutenant, shot through the head while attempting to board a F r e n c h m a n , Pegasus being a ship in which most people seemed to spend their time doing wrong.
Quite early in the morning a large scow, filled with much of the city's night-soil, heaved its massy burden overboard so close to the frigate's side that her paintwork was horribly fouled and her yardarms much endangered: all this to the cry 'Filthy sods,' which the Portguese had obviously learnt from a merchant man and which they repeated with unflagging zeal for a very long time, stopping only when some facetious hands from an incoming trawler started throwing their more putrid cargo on to Surprise's deck.
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Vol. Book 21) (Aubrey Maturin Novels) by Patrick O'Brian