Behind an lj-cut, to spare the non-MAC-inclined.... *G*
Me first, Gilly???? *meep* But... but... I like it when YOU have to type out all the long damn passages - *L*! And I didn't have a pen with me... you're right; it really helps to underline things!
Blake inventing a change to carronades that makes them twice as good, "virtually putting an nd to war"? *L*! Bet Jack didn't like hearing that!
I wonder what, exactly, a pen-wiper looks like... *G*
Fun reading the various memos that Sir Francis keeps sending out - about women and the use of fresh water and all that other stuff - adds a lot of realism to the Naval life.
"...unnecessary repeated instructions about cleanliness and appearance to his coxswain..." I should say SO! Darn... one thing I would have loved to see in the movie is Bonden all dressed up in his finery, ribbons along the seams and all.
"For the Navy, though often reduced to eating salt horse and hard tack, ate it in style" - yay!
Lot of repeat ground covered here, to catch people up on what happened in the other books. Hollom! Yep, the same one as in the movie... but not. *G* I'll let you see the difference, but he IS a Jonah.
Sutton: "You look most uncommon hipped, Jack, like a cat that has lost its kittens" - awwwww...
Yay! They got the French ships! WHOOOOT! And, as we find out later in Chapter 2, Sir Francis also sees it as a victory (double yay!). Whew.
You know... how do they "clean" the head? Isn't the head basically a seat on the bowsprit, with a hole in it?
I wonder what Sutton meant about how, if all the midshipmen had curls like Absalom and stole silver watches, they could "hardly go aloft without danger"? Danger of being molested?!? *meep*
So, what did you think of Mr. Fielding? *G* Is it just jealousy, or is he as great a thick-headed lout as Jack and Stephen think him?
The little skit parody that Sutton recites... I didn't find it terribly funny the first time, but now I wonder if it's a direct parody of a famous passage from the Bible?
Ah, Diane... remember the little anecdote that Stephen recollected in the previous book, about his pet falcon? That... is Diane. She will NOT be slighted, no matter how hypocritical it sounds, considering that she's been a mistress more than once. And notice who is going to be carrying the letter intended to calm her feathers. *shakes head*
Yet another almost-fall by Stephen - AND a listing of the many times he HAS slipped... I think I win the argument; he is NOT getting better.
Interesting how all the spies that get caught keep "killing themselves"... only not.
God... I don't remember realizing last time that Wray may have been trying to kill THREE birds with one stone: Jack, Stephen - AND his father-in-law, Harte!
Isn't it interesting how etiquette works in those days? It's "improper" for Pocock to ask Stephen why he's going up on the rock of Gibralter, and "improper" for Stephen to ask Pocock what the Admiral thought of Zambra. Why?
Love how Jack is honestly happy for Sir Francis! And, even better, how the peerage obviously put Sir Francis in the very best mood towards Jack. And now you see how the Surprise was saved for another day - AND why Pullings was in the movie - two things that I know must have been making you scratch your head. *G* And Jack's dilemma, common to all bosses - wanting to do right by his underlings, but not wanting to lose them all due to promotion.
I KNOW you loved this (when Killick sees Pullings on board):
"Then seeing Pullings his acid, housewifely face broke into a smile; he put a knuckle to his forehead and said, "My kind duty, sir, and hope I see you well?"
Have you ever heard Killick speak so politely? My word!
"Never was such a Behemoth of vice as that Cooper; Lucifer ain't in it." Just love the language.
Heneage Dundas - the Wilson to Jack's House, on the rare occasions when Jack is feeling pissy.
Of course, the Doctor being pulled off of the heights of Gibraltar by Bonden after the poor midshipman was so rudely abused by Maturin - send in the Marines! And Martin's description of watching the birds: "Paradise must be like this." And Stephen's answer: "Perhaps a little less harsh and angular."
"You can see her pale, well-rounded thighs, almost white." Now there's an interesting comment out of context - *L*!
"Killick's shrill, indignant, shrewish voice, a cross betwen that of a much-tried long-soured nursemaid and of an uncommonly rough tarpaulin-hatted tobacco-chewing foremast-hand"
Okay, the bit with MacBeth? O'Brian's own weakness for bad jokes like Jack's. *G*
*ggl* Love all the politicoes making jokes about the zoological lingo of the Navy - Stephen: "It is my belief that they have raised a mouse, and that having seized it with a fox they will clap on a lizard." - *LOL*!!!! *gives Stephen armfuls of points*
I'm still trying to imagine this strange human chain the three of them made getting off the ship...
*L*! p. 62 - Lord, I thought I remembered that bit about boarding a woman from the first novel! In fact... I bet he did say something similar there. *S*
*rolls eyes at the rainbow bargecrew* Although... perhaps it's a gay ship?
Oh, god... the bit about Cadmus? Where Jack is perfectly ignorant and won't admit it, so he tells the whaler that it might not be proper for him to tell him in public, with ladies about? *snorfle*
Sorry... only got up to p. 66. *G* Let's face it... I'm just not a gilly.