By Patrick O'Brian
The foundation for the key new movie starring Russell Crowe.The battle of 1812 keeps, and Jack Aubrey units direction for Cape Horn on a challenge after his personal middle: intercepting a robust American frigate outward certain to play havoc with the British whaling exchange. Stephen Maturin has fish of his personal to fry on the planet of mystery intelligence. catastrophe in a variety of guises awaits them within the nice South Sea and within the a long way reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, homicide, and felony madness.
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Pullings and Mowett accepted the situation philosophically too, for although most of the pressed hands they had known had been pretty decent, upon the whole, the quota system sometimes resembled an emptying of the inland gaols and on occasion they had had to deal with some very sinful characters indeed. 'Coilingwood used to say that a mutiny was always the fault of the captain or the officers,' said Jack, 'so perhaps we shall find them as innocent as so many lambs unhung, and merely maligned. But as for the men from the hospital, I had rather the Doctor looked at them first.
Why, sir, I believe most officers that attend to their profession are tolerably well acquainted with Captain Colnett and his book,' said Jack. ' He rang the bell. 'Desire Mr Allen to walk in,' he said to the clerk. It was just as well that Dundas had spoken highly of Mr Allen, for otherwise Jack would have made little of him: Allen did not do himself justice at all. From his boyhood Jack had been an open, friendly creature, expecting to like and to be liked, and although he was by no means forward or over-confident he was not at all given to shyness, and he found it difficult to conceive that the emotion could still paralyse a man of fifty or more, filling him with a repulsive reserve, so that he responded to no civil advance, never smiled, nor spoke except in reply to direct questions.
It fell unlucky for us, because the bounty was already out for seamen in the Navy, and we lost some of our people and could only get landsmen or boys in their place; and that delayed us till January of ninety-three, so we lost our whaler's bounty too, and our fine weather. ' asked Martin. 'Why, Madeira, of course,' said all the sea-officers. 'We always call Madeira the Island, in the Navy,' said Stephen with great complacency. 'Then Ferro nine days later. And we were lucky with our winds; when we lost the north-east trades a breeze slanted us right across the variables - very narrow that year until we picked up the south-east trades in 4°North, and they rolled us down to 19° South, crossing the Line in 25°30'West.
The Far Side of the World (Aubrey Maturin Series) by Patrick O'Brian