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

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 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 subsequent novel, unfinished and untitled on the time of the author's dying, could were the chronicle of that project, and masses else in addition to. the 3 chapters left on O'Brian's table are offered the following either in published version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which works a number of pages past the tip of the typescript to incorporate a duel among Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who's relationship his fianc?e. in fact we might particularly have had the total tale; as a substitute we've this evidence that O'Brian's powers of statement, his humor, and his figuring out of his characters have been undiminished to the tip.

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21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Vol. Book 21) (Aubrey Maturin Novels)

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To be sure, I did c o m m a n d her, but she was on hire to the Hydrographical Department of the Admiralty until I should m e e t your squadron, hoist my flag and take up my new appointment. T h e m o m e n t I did that, Surprises contract with the Admiralty c a m e to an end. S h e returns to the sole ownership o f her proprietor, a free agent. I f you wish I will ask him whether he chooses to take these people aboard: but it is entirely at his discretion. ' ' W h a t a damned hair-splitting sea-lawyer you are, upon my word, Aubrey,' cried the Admiral.

For my own part I am astonishingly generous, generous to a fault, even lavish . ' And when S t e p h e n made the usual gesture o f extreme poverty, rubbing t h u m b over knuckle, the captain shook his head, saying 'Ah, when the Devil drives . . I shall send my boy with your m e n to Anita's spring, but they must be very respectful to her, and pluck off their hats. ' So she did, fine upstanding plants, but without the least appearance of pleasure or (perhaps understandably) of c o m m o n humanity: and both in these transactions and in a few others along the edge o f the market the Surprises noticed a sullenness, a strong inclination to stare, muttering; while after some of their transactions the sell­ ers could be seen to wash the coins or rub them industriously in the grit underfoot.

H e and the others were of course speaking Spanish and after a while the port-captain said that there happened to b e a clean spring at no great distance, but they would have to pay the proprietor a fee. 'It is not for myself, you understand. For my own part I am astonishingly generous, generous to a fault, even lavish . ' And when S t e p h e n made the usual gesture o f extreme poverty, rubbing t h u m b over knuckle, the captain shook his head, saying 'Ah, when the Devil drives . . I shall send my boy with your m e n to Anita's spring, but they must be very respectful to her, and pluck off their hats.

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