Quote of the Day

Indignation at the Sophie‘s treatment was not confined to the sloop, but naturally it was strongest there, and as the crew heaved the capstan round to unmoor they sang a new song, a song that owed nothing whatever to Mr Mowett’s chaste muse.

Fuck old Harte, Fuck old Harte,
That red-faced son of a dry French fart.
Hey ho, stamp and go,
Stamp and go, stamp and go,
Hey ho, stamp and go.

The cross-legged fifer on the capstan-head lowered his pipe and sang the quiet solo part:

Says old Harte to his missis
O what do I see?
Bold Sophie’s commander
With his fiddle-dee-dee.

Then the deep cross rhythmical bellow again

Fuck old Harte, Fuck old Harte,
That one-eyed son of a blue French fart.

 

– Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian

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