History Literature / AubreyMaturin

17th May '16 4:34:12 AM Divra
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* MenCannotKeepHouse: Subverted. Sophie's mother assumes this is the case and is horrified when she learns Jack's domestic staff consists entirely of sailors. However, the joke's on her; Jack's entourage of Royal Navy sailors can keep house far better than most domestics. Of course, they keep up the house as if it were a Royal Navy man-o'-war, which means dusting, sweeping and mopping the entire house before breakfast every day, routine daily inspections and maintenance, bi-weekly baths for everyone, and a fresh coat of paint once a week. Also, Sophie's mother is favorably impressed by Killick's cooking, although by that point Killick has been cooking his captain's meals three times a day for nearly a decade.

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* MenCannotKeepHouse: MenCantKeepHouse: Subverted. Sophie's mother assumes this is the case and is horrified when she learns Jack's domestic staff consists entirely of sailors. However, the joke's on her; Jack's entourage of Royal Navy sailors can keep house far better than most domestics. Of course, they keep up the house as if it were a Royal Navy man-o'-war, which means dusting, sweeping and mopping the entire house before breakfast every day, routine daily inspections and maintenance, bi-weekly baths for everyone, and a fresh coat of paint once a week. Also, Sophie's mother is favorably impressed by Killick's cooking, although by that point Killick has been cooking his captain's meals three times a day for nearly a decade.
17th May '16 4:26:05 AM Divra
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* MenCannotKeepHouse: Subverted. Sophie's mother assumes this is the case and is horrified when she learns Jack's domestic staff consists entirely of sailors. However, the joke's on her; Jack's entourage of Royal Navy sailors can keep house far better than most domestics. Of course, they keep up the house as if it were a Royal Navy man-o'-war, which means dusting, sweeping and mopping the entire house before breakfast every day, routine daily inspections and maintenance, bi-weekly baths for everyone, and a fresh coat of paint once a week. Also, Sophie's mother is favorably impressed by Killick's cooking, although by that point Killick has been cooking his captain's meals three times a day for nearly a decade.
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.''
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