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21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Vol. Book by Patrick O'Brian

By Patrick O'Brian

To the pride of hundreds of thousands of Patrick O'Brian enthusiasts, 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 scoop, 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 dying, might were the chronicle of that venture, and masses else in addition to. the 3 chapters left on O'Brian's table are provided the following either in revealed version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which works numerous pages past the top of the typescript to incorporate a duel among Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who's relationship his fianc?e. in fact we'd particularly have had the entire tale; as a substitute we've got this evidence that O'Brian's powers of commentary, his humor, and his figuring out of his characters have been undiminished to the tip.

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Dr Maturin, at your service. I do not have the pleasure of speaking Portuguese, but I should be happy to answer any questions you choose to ask in Latin. And so will my colleague, Dr J a c o b . ' Dr Quental put as good a face on it as he could, and with more ease than the company expected he repeated a list o f disorders by class: 'Exanthematicfi Critici} Phlogisticïï VitiaY Dolorosa Quietales? Motorii? SuppressorW? EvacuatorW? Déformes} S t e p h e n considered all these, one by one, shaking his head after due reflection and then inviting their guest to c o m e and view what invalids the ship possessed.

E a c h man and boy knew exactly what the others earned and how m u c h the married m e n sent home. And although the officers sometimes had private means, and were sometimes unwill­ ing to speak of them, they also had servants, who knew whether their masters were bearing hard up for Poverty Bay or spreading all canvas for Port Lavish itself. T h e paternity orders that had brought many hands aboard were the subject of oftenrepeated wit. T h e r e were few Surprises therefore who were m u c h astonished at the very strong r e s e m b l a n c e b e t w e e n the N u n c i o and his host.

Sir,' said Wantage in Stephen's ear as the Rio boat pulled away, 'his mates that did not go below with the Doctor, told m e there was a rare old rumpus in the town last night, when some of people from a barque out of Boston, the Boston in the colonies, stood up at a vigil and said it was great nonsense to say you were allowed only one wife: one wife at a time. "Look at King Solomon," they said; and it was taken very m u c h amiss. T h e n one of them called out that he did not give a fig for the Pope of R o m e , and fighting broke out.

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