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The Daily Aubrey-Maturin: The Yellow Admiral (Book 18), Chapters 3-4 (pg. 5700-5756)

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‘Edinburgh-London Royal Mail’. Artist: D Dally
18th century mail coach for the Royal Mail
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Jack finally receives some orders, to join Admiral Stanraer’s blockade of Brest, but first, he has to take care of some local politics (some sort of land issue), which he does successfully, much to the delight of the common man (and less so to the delight of the local aristocracy).

Meanwhile, we also get to witness a bareknuckle boxing match between Bonden (Aubrey’s long-time coxswain) and some local tough guy, who cheats his way to victory. Bonden’s knocked out, but Maturin belies he will be fine.

Golden brown, texture line sun:


Because of his political commitments, Aubrey’s late to port and literally misses the boat. Those ships have sailed! Eventually, he and the rest of his small entourage find a way to catch up, but the Admiral’s cross, especially as it turns out that he’s a relative of one of the aforementioned (diplomatically defeated) aristocrats. Aubrey’s Bellone is thus given the unhappy task of joining the inshore squadron of the blockade.





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