August 2, 2010 – August 8, 2010
The Aubreyad Press Gang Epic Adventure Week Fifteen
This is a seriously long chapter.
1. Despite Jack’s disastrous meeting with St. Vincent in a previous chapter, during Jack’s meeting with Melville it is mentioned that “he had a far greater respect for St Vincent than he ever could have for a civilian”. Why is that, and does it ring true considering the way both meetings played out?
2. Jack and Stephen are very different in almost every way, but especially in their habits of living. Does it make sense to you that Stephen should be so slovenly while Jack cleans everything in sight? Why or why not?
3. Patrick O’Brian often uses music to illustrate his characters’ thoughts and feelings. What is the purpose, from a critical perspective, of the duet between Jack and Stephen in this chapter?
4. What were some of the undercurrents flowing beneath the surface during Lady Keith’s party? Where do you think Stephen spent that night?
5. This chapter underscores the sacrifices Jack makes to remain in the Royal Navy. Why must he accept the offer of the Polychrest, despite all its drawbacks, when he could have Canning’s privateer- a dream appointment- instead? Why the Royal Navy over anything, everything, else?
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Questions by your captain and the debauched sloth!
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