Mr. Midshipman Easy (Google eBook)

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Derby & Jackson, 1860 - English fiction - 405 pages
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Page 166 - That won't take long, for the soldiers will soon have our description and rout us out. We shall be pinned in a couple of days." " Confound it, and they say that the ship is to be hove down, and that we shall be here six weeks at least, cooped up on board in a broiling sun, and nothing to do but to watch the pilot fish playing round the rudder and munch bad apricots. I won't go on board. Look ye, Jack...
Page 160 - Jack, on the other hand, dared not say a word to Jolliffe on the subject ; indeed, there was no one in the ship to whom he could confide but Gascoigne ; he therefore went to him, and although Gascoigne thought it was excessively infra dig.
Page 213 - ... that we have no other end in view than to make the reader laugh. If we were to write an elaborate work telling truths, and plain truths, confining ourselves only to point out errors and to demand reform, it would not be read ; we have therefore selected this light and trifling species of writing, as it is by many denominated, as a channel through which we may convey wholesome advice in a palatable shape.
Page 161 - You observe," said the gunner, taking a piece of chalk out of his pocket and making a triangle on the table, "in this figure we have three points, each equidistant from each other; and we have three combatants; so that placing one at each point, it is all fair play for the three: Mr. Easy, for instance, stands here, the boatswain here, and the purser's steward at the third corner. Now, if the distance is fairly measured, it will be all right.
Page 266 - We must give it up," observed Captain Wilson, holding on by the belaying pin. " Shape our course for Cape Sicie, Mr. Jones." And the Aurora flew before the gale, under her foresail and topsails close reefed. The weather was now so thick that nothing could be observed twenty yards from the vessel ; the thunder pealed, and the lightning darted in every direction over the dark expanse. The watch was called as soon as the sails were trimmed, and all who could went below, wet, uncomfortable, and disappointed.

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