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Thread #33289   Message #443314
Posted By: Steve Parkes
18-Apr-01 - 08:06 AM
Thread Name: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
Subject: RE: Help: Patrick O Briens Desolation Island
Well, trice my pudden to the weather cat-harpings! Dr. Maturin inherited squillions of pesetas from his rich old uncle and bought the Surprise from the Navy. Capt. Aubrey, being on the beach through the wicked connivance of his land-bound enemies, then obtained a letter of marque to harry the King's sea-going enemies. If you haven't read this far, I'm sorry if I gave the game away. Leopard turns up later, as a rather down-at-heel transport ferrying troops back from the continent. Maturin is feted by the crew when they find he's an old Leopard, and has to recount the famous sea-battle (I forget which one!) which he didn't actually see, as he was below, tending the wounded. You really do need to read the books, you know!

Anyway, what is the tune?

Steve "Awkward" Parkes