Quote of the Day

‘A bearded vulture! It is a bearded vulture!’ he cried. ‘A young bearded vulture.’

‘Well,’ said Jack instantly — not a second’s hesitation — ‘I dare say he forgot to shave this morning.’ His red face crinkled up, his eyes diminished to a bright blue slit and he slapped his thigh, bending in such a paroxysm of silent mirth, enjoyment and relish that for all the Sophie‘s strict discipline the man at the wheel could not withstand the infection and burst out in a strangled ‘Hoo, hoo, hoo,’ instantly suppressed by the quartermaster at the con.

Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian

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