By Patrick O'Brian
"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is in regards to the smartest thing afloat....For Conradian strength of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."—Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty status, Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal and health professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry packed with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and unsafe spy—and a treacherous ailment that decimates the staff. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her lifestyles into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
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A brindle steer with widespreading horns, which was directly in his way, seemed determined George Washington Ogden 23 to keep him back. Seth drew his revolver and sent a bullet into the beast’s head. It dropped, and the others swerved aside. Minnie was not ten yards ahead, but already he could see the leaders of the herd dropping over the river bank and could hear their frightened bellowing. When Seth reached the girl, she put her hand, cold with sweat, into the hand he held out to her, and smiled.
Two pairs of hands went up in an instant, and the next moment a big round silver dollar had lodged between the palms of each. ” he cried, as he wheeled again. Tom and Denny were too dazed to speak, but Sister Anne sent a quick, sweet call ﬂying after him, “Merry Christmas! ” and the boys had taken it up a minute later, shouting it at the top of their lungs. It was only about an hour before the wagon, which Sister Anne had watched so long in the morning, drew up at the door. There were two tired people in it, glad to get home, and four children, wonderfully glad to see them, crowded about, and tried to tell them all at once the amazing thing that had happened in their absence.
They found the herd in full stampede, and fell in behind it; they knew full well that if the girl were once caught in the midst of the maddened cattle she would not have one chance in ten of getting out. ” For two hours they rode side by side, crowding ahead past lagging cattle and taking advantage of every opening. Finally the shifting of the herd separated them, and when morning broke, Seth rode alone. When he ﬁrst sighted Minnie he was not sure that his eyes and the dim light had not played him a trick; but forging on with new hope and vigor, he soon settled all doubt.