I finally got through Chapter Six of The Yellow Admiral! Wow... poor Jack has ample reason to be depressed, but that's spoilage, so I'll get to that later under a cut.
Hey, remember that discussion about beer in ice cream that we had, freakspawn? Well, I thought I'd found an article about Beer Floats (as opposed to the more traditional root beer floats), when I read this on the cover of a copy of last week's free weekly newspaper, The Reader: "Ice cream there, ice cream here, ice cream even in your beer", only to find it was in Section 2 - and I only had section 1!!!! *waaaaah!* But that got me googling ice cream and beer and, guess what? There IS beer ice cream...! Such as the one found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/2958702.stm; or one made by Ben and Jerry's called "Black and Tan": http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=180
BTW... Am I the last person on earth to notice that, in the trailer for SpiderMan 3, there's a scene where Tobey MacQuire is falling through the air and reaching for a ring spinning just out of reach from him that looks EXACTLY like the scene in FOTR where Frodo has fallen down in Bree and is reaching up for the Ring? I would love to see the two clips placed side-by-side for comparison. Considering how many times the Elijah and Tobey get mistaken for each other, I'm assuming this was done on purpose... I think. *G* Help me out here - has this been pointed out a zillion times already?
Okay, now to poor Jack Aubrey: Poor guy... first, Sophie's announced she's leaving him because they've both been feeling self-righteous about fidelity lately and, unfortunately, she just found letters proving he had an affair several years ago (and possibly a love-child, though we know better!; he's sad and worried because Stephen's off on another spy adventure (I love how he worries); he's under an Admiral who believes more in perfect appearances of his ships than in actually engaging the enemy, and he hates Jack and constantly puts him down; and a midshipman who was a poor sailor but an incredibly talented oboeist has just died. Could anything get worse? And, of course, Bonden's been acting a little strange. Poor guy! So, yes, Gilly, read on! I know you've been dying to!
BTW... did you get that bit back earlier in the book, where Jack was talking about how some ships have a lot of people from the same area - such as one ship he knows where the quarterdeck is all Scotch (*rolls eyes* that's "Scottish", Jack!), and one from the Isle of Man where every man has three legs? *G* At first I thought that was a comment on the prodigious size of a certain part of the body (!); didn't realize until I looked up the Isle of Man that the emblem on their flag is a triskelion of three legs! *L*! Clever Jack. And can you believe that I didn't quite know what "bowsing up your jib" meant (in the colloquial sense) until this read-through? Still confused by some things... I need to look up "banyan", which seems to mean that it's a day without meat, but I don't know why. And several other terms that I forget about as soon as I've moved on. Oh, well!