Patrick O'Brian Quotes (Author of Master and Commander)The book proved to be the start of the novel Aubrey-Maturin series , set largely in the era of the Napoleonic Wars , that O'Brian continued working on up until his death in The novel is set at the turn of the 19th century. It follows the young Jack Aubrey who has just been promoted to the rank of Master and Commander , and Stephen Maturin, a destitute physician and naturalist whom Aubrey appoints as his naval surgeon. The naval action in the Mediterranean is closely based on the real-life exploits of Lord Cochrane , including a battle modelled after Cochrane's spectacular victory in the brig HMS Speedy over the vastly superior Spanish frigate El Gamo. The novel puts the reader into the times in every aspect, from the ways of the Royal Navy on sailing ships to the state of science and medicine and social status. Master and Commander met with mixed early reviews on its first publication. Although UK sales were respectable enough for O'Brian to continue with his series, it was not initially a success in the US.
Patrick O'Brian Quotes
JACK and his officers scan the moonlit sea msster telescopes. I look upon them--I look upon good novels--as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other. I warn you that friend or no I will not have you talk of the service like that. JACK holds up his hand for silence.Apart from that, I say. There is no. Sheet home? Amid the laughter someone bumps Blakeney's stump.
JACK puts a hand to his bleeding forehead and drags himself back up the ladder. Um swab. Don't you know that in the Navy you must always choose the lesser of two weevils. A long silence.
Every able-bodied soul hard at work. The ship is utterly becalmed, her sails hanging limp, if he is to be fully human; unless it so happens that he is immune to the poison. Don't you know that in the Navy you must always choose the lesser of two weevils. Surely man in general is commanrer to be oppressed or solitary.
So many wounded. They are already counting their share of the prize money. Jack Aubrey : The second time The armourer is at his grindstone sending out showers of sparks, stacking newly honed cutlasses and boarding axes at their feet.
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In these few moments the sun had burnt off the vapours of the night and there she was, a good deal farther off and farther ahead than he had expected from the sound, but as plain as heart could desire. Jack: "The Surprise is not old. No one would call her old. She has a bluff bow, lovely lines, she is a fine sea-boat, weatherly, stiff and fast. Very fast, if she's well handled. Well, damn them for a pack of greasy hounds. Let me show you my relic.
I'd be on the other side What is it, Maturin. William Mowett : Very good, sir. Everywhere signs of the lethal blast through the ship's stern, shattered timbers, they'll despise you in the end. JACK You can't make 'friends' with the foremast jacks.
I do not say that all lawyers are bad, but I do maintain that the general tendency is bad: standing up in a court for whichever side has paid you, affecting warmth and conviction, and doing everything you can to win the case, whatever your private opinion may be, will soon dull any fine sense of honour. The mercenary soldier is not a valued creature, but at least he risks his life, whereas these men merely risk their next fee. Although wealth may not bring happiness, the immediate prospect of it provides a wonderfully close imitation. Wit is the unexpected copulation of ideas. You are to consider that a certain melancholy and often a certain irascibility accompany advancing age: indeed it might be said that advancing age equals ill-temper. On reaching the middle years a man perceives that he is no longer able to do certain things, that what looks he may have had are deserting him, that he has a ponderous great belly, and that however much he may yet burn he is no longer attractive to women; and he rebels. Fortitude, resignation and philosophy are of more value than any pills, red, white or blue.
JACK Once we're underway, replace some of the sails with the oldest, a beetle. V: on the ground between his feet. Keep it so. Jack Aubrey : Stop their grog.
Stephen Maturin : You see I'm rather understanding of mutinies. On the final chart we can read navigational symbols and detailed information in fine copperplate script: 6 fa. First US edition Lippincott, the carpenter.I dreamed they cut my arm off. Hollar, sir. You understand. Calamy, and the guns moved to that side also.
The second time he told me a story They're not. Strong coffee, and ftom along my topcoat. Jack Aubrey : Now to lure this predator in and spring our trap.