By Patrick O'Brian
To the satisfaction of thousands of Patrick O'Brian enthusiasts, here's 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 dying, might were the chronicle of that project, and masses else along with. the 3 chapters left on O'Brian's table are offered right here either in published 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 relationship his fianc?e. after all we might relatively have had the complete tale; as a substitute we now have this evidence that O'Brian's powers of commentary, his humor, and his figuring out of his characters have been undiminished to the top.
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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. ' asked J a c k , when S t e p h e n told him of this. ' 'Well, I hope the silly villains have got it wrong,' said J a c k with a look of strong dis satisfaction. ' 'Just so: sanbenitos. All we want to do is to fill up our water, buy a few fresh provi sions and no doubt some wholesome fruit — we do not want to be racked, scourged and burnt: we get plenty of that at sea, free, gratis and for nothing - and pay our com pliment to the Governor.
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. It was perfectly well known that the younger man was one of M r Midshipman Aubrey's indiscretions when, as a longlegged youth, h e had served on the South African station, and that the boy, brought up by C a t h o l i c missionaries in M o z a m b i q u e , had presented himself to his father in the W e s t Indies, bearing the present of a charm, a ju-ju, from his affectionate mother, that had kept J a c k alive through some really desperate encounters.
So I am. I do beg your pardon. ' 'I am not sure that the response is altogether civil: but be that as it may, I will tell you, Jack, that if they are bad in Port Desire and worse in Bahia, they are likely to be down right outrageous in the River Plate, where we are to meet the South African ships. Yet if I am not mistaken we are likely to be there well before Lord Leyton - well before even your little squadron 'What the Devil do you mean by my little squadron? It is a perfectly normal squadron, rather large than otherwise.
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Vol. Book 21) (Aubrey Maturin Novels) by Patrick O'Brian