Peter Simple

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Tauchnitz, 1842 - 480 pages
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Peter Simple, adelsfamiliens dumrian, bliver som 14-årig kadet på et engelsk orlogsskib og oplever i de følgende år en række spændende eventyr
 

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Page 108 - O'Brien had in our berth. The men, who knew what they had to expect — for this sort of intelligence is soon communicated through a ship — were assembled in knots, looking very grave, but at the same time not wanting in confidence. They knew that they could trust to the captain, as far as skill or courage could avail them, and sailors are too sanguine to despair, even at the last moment. As for myself, I felt such admiration for the captain, after what I had witnessed that morning, that whenever...
Page 311 - I felt sure that his lordship would not take the trouble to read the letter. I therefore wrote as follows, while Lord Privilege continued to read his book : — " MY LORD, — You will confer a very great favour upon me, if you will hasten the commission which, I have no doubt, is in preparation for my nephew, Mr Simple, who has passed his examination, and has been mentioned in the public despatches, and also that you will not lose sight of Lieutenant O'Brien, who has so distinguished himself by...
Page 104 - ... and the creaking and groaning of the timbers, I thought that we must inevitably have been lost ; and I said my prayers at least a dozen times during the night, for I felt it impossible to go to bed. I had often wished, out of curiosity, that I might be in a gale of wind, but I little thought it was to have been a scene of this description, or anything half so dreadful. What made it more appalling was, that we were on a lee shore, and the consultations of the captain and officers, and the eagerness...
Page 103 - ... be strictly obeyed by his ship's company. I heard the officers unanimously assert, after the danger was over, that nothing but the presence of mind which was shown by Captain Savage could have saved the ship and her crew. We had chased a convoy of vessels to the bottom of the bay : the wind was very fresh when we hauled off, after running them on shore, and the surf on the beach even at that time was so great, that they were certain to go to pieces before they could be got afloat again. We were...
Page 29 - I saw nothing like a monkey's tail, but I was so frightened that I snatched up the first thing that I saw, which was a short bar of iron, and it so happened that it was the very article which he wanted. When I gave it to him, the first lieutenant looked at me, and said, "So you know what a monkey's tail is already, do you? Now don't you ever sham stupid after that.
Page 270 - Peter, all lies disgrace a gentleman, white or black, although I grant there is a difference. To say the least of it, it is a dangerous habit; for white lies are but the gentlemen ushers to black ones. I know...
Page 106 - Falcon," said the captain. Not a word was spoken, the men went to the fore-brace, which had not been manned ; most of them knew, although I did not, that if the ship's head did not go round the other way, we should be on shore, and among the breakers, in half a minute. I thought at the time that the captain...
Page 107 - Peter, you're not fond of flatfish, are you, my boy ? We may thank heaven and the captain, I can tell you that, my lads; but now, where's the chart, Robinson. Hand me down the parallel rules and compasses, Peter — they are in the corner of the shelf. Here we are now, a devilish sight too near this infernal point. Who knows how her head is ?"" " I do, O'Brien ; I heard the quarter-master tell the captain, SW by S. Southerly."
Page 30 - And then he asked the first lieutenant whether something should not be fitted with a mouse or only a turtfs-head — told him the goose-neck must be spread out by the armourer as soon as the forge was up. In short, what with dead-eyes and shrouds, cats and cat-blocks, dolphins and dolphin-strikers, whips and puddings, I was so puzzled with what I heard, that I was about to leave the deck in absolute despair. " And, Mr. Chucks, recollect this afternoon that you bleed all the buoys.
Page 107 - said the captain to the ship's company, " you have behaved well, and I thank you; but I must tell you honestly that we have more difficulties to get through. We have to weather a point of the bay on this tack. Mr. Falcon, splice the mainbrace and call the watch. How's her head, quartermaster ?

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