Patrick O'Brian

The Commodore

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Published 1994 by Collins
Blue cloth, gilt titles
Dust jacket priced at 14.99
Printers key 135798642
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Good morning to you,' said Stephen. 'My name is Maturin, and I have an appointment with Sir Joseph Blaine.' 'Good morning, sir,' replied the porter. 'Pray be so good-as to take a seat. James, show the gentleman into the second waiting-room.' This was not that famous place, looking out over the court and so through the screen into Whitehall, in which generation after generation of naval officers had waited, usually in the hope of promotion or at any rate of an appointment to a ship, but a far smaller, far more discreet little room with only one chair in it; and Stephen had barely had time to sit down before the inner door opened. Sir Joseph, a portly man with a pale, glabrous and usually anxious, work-worn face, hurried in, smiling, looking thoroughly pleased. He took both Stephen's hands, crying 'Why, Stephen, how very, very happy I am to see you! How are you, my dear sir? How do you do after all these countless miles and days?' 'Very well, I thank you, dear Joseph; but I wish I could see you less pale and harried and overworked. Do you sleep? Do you eat at all?' 'Sleep is difficult, I must confess; yet I still eat tolerably well. Will you join me this evening at Black's? Do join me, and you will see: I always sup on a boiled fowl with oyster sauce and a pint of our claret.' 'I shall happily watch you,' said Stephen, 'but for my own part I have already bespoke turbot and a bottle of Sillery.' He felt in his pocket and went on, Tray accept this offering.' He passed over a dirty handkerchief, and eagerly unwrapping it Sir Joseph cried 'Eupator ingensl How very kind of you to remember a splendid specimen indeed such generosity -I wonder you can bear to part with him.'

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