History Literature / AubreyMaturin

6th Apr '16 4:14:24 PM jadmire
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* GentlemenRankers: Jack Aubrey spent some time "before the mast" early in his career. He was disrated by his captain because he'd violated orders, smuggling a whore aboard ship and hiding her in the cable tier. He also got flogged. He spent some time as a common sailor before earning his way back into the captain's good graces and being rated midshipman again.

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* GentlemenRankers: Jack Aubrey spent some time "before the mast" early in his career. He was disrated by his captain because he'd violated orders, smuggling a whore aboard ship and hiding her in the cable tier. He also got flogged. He spent some time as a common sailor before earning his way back into the captain's good graces and being rated midshipman again. As Jack often says, while he much regretted and resented his disrating at the time, his sojourn between decks gave him an intimate understanding of, and sympathy with, the ways in which ordinary seamen behave and carry out their duties which has stood him in excellent stead ever since in his career as an officer.
6th Apr '16 4:07:08 PM jadmire
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''The Fortune of War'', Jack, who has just been rescued along with Stephen and a number of his followers from a shipwreck, is offered the opportunity to head to Brazil (and thence home to England) on a prize that the ship that picked him up, the HMS ''Java'', has recently taken. However, a suspicious ship has just been spotted, so Jack decides (both for himself and his followers) to stay aboard the ''Java'' in the hope of sharing in the rewards of another prize. There's only one problem; that other ship is USS ''Constitution'', the renowned "Old Ironsides", which proceeds to defeat and take the ''Java'' in a furious engagement. (The engagement is TruthInTelevision, and can be read about at http://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/u/uss-constitutions-battle-record0/uss-constitution-vs-hms-java-1812.html .) Jack, Stephen and their comrades end up being taken as prisoners of war.
30th Mar '16 8:40:38 AM ObsidianFire
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* RunningGag: Stephen Maturin's signature ability to fall out of any boat or ship. Eventually he gets better at this, but by that time it's too late: due to his reputation for such he is usually assisted aboard, much to his indignation. (On the other hand the officers have [[GenreSavvy learned to cope]]; for a while it was standard practice to have a jar of oil ready--just in case Stephen's pocketwatch gets a dunking when he's trying to board, and needs to be cleaned of water.)

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* RunningGag: Stephen Maturin's signature ability to fall out of any boat or ship. Eventually he gets better at this, but by that time it's too late: due to his reputation for such he is usually assisted aboard, much to his indignation. (On the other hand the officers have [[GenreSavvy learned to cope]]; cope; for a while it was standard practice to have a jar of oil ready--just in case Stephen's pocketwatch gets a dunking when he's trying to board, and needs to be cleaned of water.)
20th Mar '16 6:55:49 PM CrimsonDalekanium
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* NostalgiaFilter: A number of older captains and admirals (and, increasingly, Jack and Stephen) remember the past quite fondly. A number of references are made to the 80s and 90s. The ''seventeen''-eighties and -nineties. One spends a significant amount of time at dinner instructing a midshipman on proper behavior, specially pointing out with approval Jack's rather old-fashioned behavior and appearance.[[note]]Only with regard to his habit of wearing his hat 'athwartship' rather than 'amidship' in admiration of Admiral Nelson. Otherwise Jack was always cautiously modern, liking flintlocks, but keeping slowmatch on hand just in case, for example.[[/note]]

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* NostalgiaFilter: A number of older captains and admirals (and, increasingly, Jack and Stephen) remember the past quite fondly. A number of references are made to the 80s and 90s. The ''seventeen''-eighties and -nineties. One spends a significant amount of time at dinner instructing a midshipman on proper behavior, specially pointing out with approval Jack's rather old-fashioned behavior and appearance.[[note]]Only with regard to his habit of wearing his hat 'athwartship' rather than 'amidship' 'fore-and-aft' in admiration of Admiral Nelson. Otherwise Jack was always cautiously modern, liking flintlocks, but keeping slowmatch on hand just in case, for example.[[/note]]
20th Mar '16 6:45:59 PM CrimsonDalekanium
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* GentleGiant: Padeen is a very large, strong man whose compassionate nature makes him an excellent nurse. [[spoiler:Also, his patience and friendliness eventually coaxes Stephen's autistic daughter, Brigid, out of her shell.]]

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* GentleGiant: Padeen is a very large, strong man whose compassionate nature makes him an excellent nurse. [[spoiler:Also, his patience and friendliness eventually coaxes Stephen's autistic daughter, Brigid, out of her shell.]]]] Showed again with the Native American Porter in the Fortune of War.
-->Not quite played straight, as Padeen badly beats three men for mocking his bandaged jaw, throwing one into a horse pond and holding another in a fire. Padeen is clearly enormously strong, being able to lift a very large, very heavy door clear off of its hinges to get at opiates. He was also capable of restraining the deranged gunner (who was one of the strongest men in the ship, and had just beat his wife and her liaison to death)threatening Stephen.



** Also an example with "Awkward" Davies, a very large, violent, and impulsive sailor (who always follows Jack, whatever his command) that manages to actually sink a boat by shoving off from the gunwale with his foot.

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** Also an example with "Awkward" Davies, Davis, a very large, violent, and impulsive sailor (who always follows Jack, whatever his command) that manages to actually sink a boat by shoving off from the gunwale with his foot.
20th Mar '16 6:29:54 PM CrimsonDalekanium
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--> To be fair, Harte's wife Molly DID cheat on him WITH Jack Aubrey, with Harte eventually finding out through rumor.
31st Jan '16 8:59:45 AM Morgenthaler
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For film examples, go to ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld''.

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For film examples, go to ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld''.
''Film/MasterAndCommander''.
6th Nov '15 12:06:21 PM Berrenta
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* GoodIsBoring: Famously averted--several critics have pointed to O'Brian as one of the few major authors (along with Jane Austen) to make human virtue not merely admirable, but consistently ''interesting.''
20th Sep '15 5:10:55 PM nombretomado
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Twenty-book series written by [[FakeIrish pseudo-Irish]] author Patrick O'Brian (born Richard Patrick Russ). The series takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, following the adventures of an English naval captain, Jack Aubrey, and his surgeon and particular friend, Stephen Maturin, who also works for Naval Intelligence. O'Brian also wrote the first couple of chapters of a 21st book before his death, which have since been published, along with his notes about what happened afterward.

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Twenty-book series written by [[FakeIrish pseudo-Irish]] author Patrick O'Brian (born Richard Patrick Russ). The series takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, following the adventures of an English naval captain, Jack Aubrey, and his surgeon and particular friend, Stephen Maturin, who also works for Naval Intelligence. O'Brian also wrote the first couple of chapters of a 21st book before his death, which have since been published, along with his notes about what happened afterward.



* NavalBlockade: The British blockade of France during the NapoleonicWars and North America during the WarOf1812 are shown, unusually, from the perspective of the blockaders. As the weather is terrible, the ships spend a long time at sea without any interesting port calls, there's little chance for loot and glory, and the hygiene and comfort of a sailing ship are what we would expect from WoodenShipsAndIronMen, the duty is understandably highly unpopular among both officers and crew.

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* NavalBlockade: The British blockade of France during the NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and North America during the WarOf1812 are shown, unusually, from the perspective of the blockaders. As the weather is terrible, the ships spend a long time at sea without any interesting port calls, there's little chance for loot and glory, and the hygiene and comfort of a sailing ship are what we would expect from WoodenShipsAndIronMen, the duty is understandably highly unpopular among both officers and crew.
20th Sep '15 12:32:16 PM karstovich2
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The series was adapted into a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]]'', which was intended to become the first installment in [[StillbornFranchise a series of films]]. Several books, among them ''Master and Commander'' and ''The Far Side of the World'', were used as inspiration for the film.

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The series was adapted into a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]]'', which was intended to become the first installment in [[StillbornFranchise a series of films]].films]] (one critic, ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers The Atlantic]]''[='s=] Christopher Orr, [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/the-next-great-tv-show-if-only-someone-will-make-it/403837/ has argued rather persuasively]] that it should be turned instead into a ''Series/GameOfThrones''-like HBO-style cable TV series). Several books, among them ''Master and Commander'' and ''The Far Side of the World'', were used as inspiration for the film.
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