I read this book about 2010-07-16. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1972. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:19:25 PDT.
This is book 2 of the "Aubrey-Maturin" series.
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Second of the series. Medium-speed reread :-) .
Suddenly, on page 58, Maturin is passionately committed to Catalan independence. This probably relates to the strange person he was seen with previously (I don't now remember if it was the very beginning of this book or the end of the previous one). Also he seems to be moving towards association with the intelligence apparatus—in fact to already have connections.
Diana is one heck of a character. And very useful to give opportunities to teach us about the social setting, too.
Don't forget, she's jumping that horse over those fences side-saddle.
On the other hand, Mrs. Williams is a hateful old harpy, and we're going to see far too much of her for a while.
This book gets Aubrey not-quite-engaged to Sophia, and Diana in keeping with Canning, and Steven functioning as an intelligence agent quite steadily. Also manages to end with taking the Spanish treasure ship, which will set both Jack and Stephen up as rich men—when the Admiralty finally figures out how to treat it (they can't, as I recall, bring themselves to treat it as normal prize money).