the pearl


Blakeney, despite the loss of his arm at a young age, grew up to be one of the finest officers the British Navy had seen.

He wrote a book when he reached 40, upon his travels — not just the magnificent sea battles that he faced bravely, but also the flora and fauna of the strange and exotic lands he had traveled to.

Aubrey received a copy of the book in the post shortly after publication. There was a handwritten inscription: "To the two men," it stated, "who showed me what could happen."

Maturin enjoyed reading it to him at night.

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