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 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 loss of life, could were the chronicle of that challenge, and lots more and plenty else along with. the 3 chapters left on O'Brian's table are provided right here either in revealed version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which matches 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. after all we might relatively have had the complete tale; in its place 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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You should have put on an oilskin: still, we cannot all be wise all the time. I have called you out so far from shore b e c a u s e there are two ques tions I should like to settle. T h e first is supplies. W e are very low in everything t o b a c c o is quite gone - and all the way down my pursers, agents and so on have had the utmost difficulty with the locals, even in ports where we have always been wel c o m e d and entertained. Difficulties about water, difficulties about cattle . . even about shore-leave and c o m m o n supplies - no bumboats coming off, no whores.
H e was cut short by a hail from the masthead and a m o m e n t 56 later the message c a m e forward: the rear-admiral was desired to go aboard the flag. 'I am afraid it will b e a wet pull,' said S i m m o n s . ' 'If you please,' said Jack: his fine but aged uniform had not much wear left in it and he was a long, long way from home. A wet pull it was, through an increasingly choppy sea, right into the eye of the wind: it was however shortened by the zeal of the white and blue squadrons to reach a hospitable port.
O n the merely practical side, the very, very large n u m b e r o f b l a c k 44 m e n and women, slaves of or hired labourers, particularly in South America, must necessarily influence the balance of power in time. Father Panda, who was a naturalborn linguist, had already done excellent work in Brazil; and now he was sent to the Argentine with greetings, and perhaps some good advice to those who were, or who were about to be, in power. 4 I Y G O D , that was a damned good dinner,' said Captain Aubrey, rather loud, as though he were addressing the mast-head.