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* Stephen acquires a sloth in South America, and it immediately befriends everybody aboard. Except Jack, who for some inexplicable reason gets rebuffed. When he finally resorts to feeding the sloth bits of ship's biscuit soaked in rum, he soon wins its friendship but ends up turning it into an alcoholic. Thus leading to a line found nowhere else in literature: "Jack, you have debauched my sloth."

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* Stephen acquires a sloth in South America, and it immediately befriends everybody aboard. Except Jack, who for some inexplicable reason gets rebuffed.rebuffed- the poor thing ''cried'' when it first saw him. When he finally resorts to feeding the sloth bits of ship's biscuit soaked in rum, he soon wins its friendship but ends up turning it into an alcoholic. Thus leading to a line found nowhere else in literature: "Jack, you have debauched my sloth."

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* Just before crossing the Suez isthmus in ''Treason's Harbour'', Stephen compares notes with a local scholar on the wildlife of the Nile delta, including the majestic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharaoh_eagle-owl eagle owl]]. [[GilliganCut At about the same time]], the Turkish [[SergeantRock odabashi]], who happens to speak English, is filling the warrant officers' heads with terrible stories of the spirits and ghouls that lurk in the desert--one of which has horns and glowing orange eyes, and makes strange hooting noises. (For the record, the odabashi appears to believe every word of what he's saying, although [[{{Troll}} it's hard to tell for sure.]])
** ''And then.'' A hyena calls outside, scaring the daylights out of everyone...followed immediately by a strange hooting noise, and the order to strike the tents and move out for Suez. [[FromBadToWorse In the dark. On foot.]]
* Jack has some difficulty composing his report on the Suez/Red Sea mission.
-->''Listen to this, Stephen, will you? "Sir, I have the honour to acquaint you that pursuant to your orders of the third ultimo I proceeded to Tina with the party under my command and from thence to Suez with a Turkish escort, where I embarked in HEI Company's sloop Niobe and, having eventually taken the Turkish contingent aboard, proceeded in adverse weather to the Mubara channel...[[SophisticatedAsHell where I made a complete cock of it]]." Now the point is, how can I best say that without looking too much of a fool?''


** The situation repeats itself after Jack saves [[BigFriendlyDog Ponto the mastiff]] from drowning in ''Treason's Harbour'', although where Davis was merely TheKlutz, Ponto is a WalkingDisasterArea. It doesn't help that he shows his gratitude by cornering Jack in a ''Murano glass shop.''

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** The situation repeats itself after Jack saves [[BigFriendlyDog Ponto the mastiff]] from drowning in ''Treason's Harbour'', although where Davis was merely TheKlutz, a run-of-the-mill [[TheKlutz Klutz]], Ponto is borderline [[LethalKlutz lethal]] even (or perhaps especially) when he's in a WalkingDisasterArea.good mood. It doesn't help that he shows his gratitude by cornering Jack in a ''Murano glass shop.''


* Any encounter Jack has with "Awkward" Davies, a brutish, unpleasant fellow who is not a particularly good seaman but who has an unbreakable claim on Jack's loyalty considering that Jack once saved the man from drowning.

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* Any encounter Jack has with "Awkward" Davies, Davis, a brutish, unpleasant fellow who is not a particularly good seaman but who has an unbreakable claim on Jack's loyalty considering that Jack once saved the man from drowning.drowning.
** The situation repeats itself after Jack saves [[BigFriendlyDog Ponto the mastiff]] from drowning in ''Treason's Harbour'', although where Davis was merely TheKlutz, Ponto is a WalkingDisasterArea. It doesn't help that he shows his gratitude by cornering Jack in a ''Murano glass shop.''

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* Towards the end of ''The Fortune of War'', Jack and Stephen [[spoiler:and Diana slip out of Boston Harbor in a fishing scow]]. There is exactly one skilled seaman on board (i.e. Jack), and [[VitriolicBestBuds frustration ensues.]]
-->'''Stephen:''' The moment you are afloat you become pragmatical and absolute, a bashaw[[note]]pasha, i.e. autocrat[[/note]]--do this, do that, [[InherentlyFunnyWords gluppit the prawling strangles,]] there--no longer a social being at all.


--> '''Aubrey:''' Are you saying that there are sixty thousand bees loose in my cabin?
--> '''Maturin:''' No, no! Half that number at most. Less.

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--> '''Aubrey:''' -->'''Aubrey:''' Are you saying that there are sixty thousand bees loose in my cabin?
--> '''Maturin:''' -->'''Maturin:''' No, no! Half that number at most. Less.Less.
* In ''The Mauritius Command'', once the titular task force is finally all together at the Cape:
-->'''Stephen (to Jack):''' [[TrueCompanions Bonden, Killick and some others]] are aboard the ''Nereide'', and wish to return to you. All tastes are to be found in nature, we are told; and it is to be presumed that they like the brutal, arbitrary, tyrannical exercise of power.
** Made somewhat less funny by the fact that [[spoiler:the ''Nereide's'' captain, Corbett, is the tyrannical one, to the point of having Bonden whipped for leaving one of its guns insufficiently polished]].



* Babbington being promoted to acting-lieutenant, only to remorsefully admit to Jack and Stephen the truth about the fate of Stephen's rats.

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* Babbington being promoted to acting-lieutenant, only to remorsefully admit to Jack and Stephen the truth about the fate of Stephen's rats. [[note]]The doctor had been feeding madder dye to the rats, to see if it would build up in their bones or other tissues; after finding out that some of the midshipmen had eaten them before he could dissect them, he got revenge by dosing the boys with an "antidote" that presumably had unpleasant intestinal effects.[[/note]]


* The aforementioned incident of Jack pressing his own creditors' enforcers. Also an SugarWiki/AwesomeMoment.

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* The aforementioned incident of Jack pressing his own creditors' enforcers. Also an SugarWiki/AwesomeMoment.enforcers.
-->"What's that? You're going to arrest me for debt? No actually I think you're going to work for me for the next year or so. Hope you don't suffer from seasickness!"


* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[note]]the dogwatch (a naval workshift at either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/note]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[note]]the dogwatch (a naval workshift at either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/note]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's It's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The series (the joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)amusing).



* Stephen acquires a sloth in South America, and it immediately befriends everybody aboard - except Jack, who for some inexplicable reason gets rebuffed. When he finally resorts to feeding the sloth bits of ship's biscuit soaked in rum, he soon wins its friendship but ends up turning it into an alcoholic. Thus leading to a line found nowhere else in literature: [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Jack, you have debauched my sloth."]]

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* Stephen acquires a sloth in South America, and it immediately befriends everybody aboard - except aboard. Except Jack, who for some inexplicable reason gets rebuffed. When he finally resorts to feeding the sloth bits of ship's biscuit soaked in rum, he soon wins its friendship but ends up turning it into an alcoholic. Thus leading to a line found nowhere else in literature: [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Jack, you have debauched my sloth."]]"



* The aforementioned incident of Jack pressing his own creditors' enforcers is not only a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, it's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* The description of Stephen and Diana's unconventional but successful domestic life in ''The Ionian Mission''.

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* The aforementioned incident of Jack pressing his own creditors' enforcers is not only a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, it's also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
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The description of Stephen and Diana's unconventional but successful domestic life in ''The Ionian Mission''.



* Jack explaining what a wad was to Clarissa Oakes.
* Another one from ''Post Captain'', "Jacques Aubrey"'s fake French identity papers, which are pure RefugeInAudacity. "Born 1 April 1066 at Bedlam, London. Father's profession, monk: mother's, nun. Mother's maiden name, Borgia, Lucrece." Sadly, the speaker gets cut off before he can get to "Etienne Maturin".
* In ''The Fortune of War'', Aubrey is wounded, and he and Maturin are captured by the Americans and taken to Boston. Maturin asks an American surgeon about improved accommodations for Aubrey, and the surgeon recommends a hospital that sounds excellent but is used mainly as a mad-house because of its owner's unpopular opinions and penchant for hiring Irish help. His remarks include some well-meant but highly unflattering statements about the Irish, right to the face of the half-Irish Maturin, until a semi-conscious Jack blurts out, "Never mind Maturin, he is an Irish Papist himself, ha ha ha! Drunk as a Lord every morning by nine o' clock, and never a shoe to his name." The surgeon is so mortified and apologetic that even Maturin's oft-dangerous temper is never roused.

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* %%* Jack explaining what a wad was to Clarissa Oakes.
* Another one from ''Post Captain'', "Jacques Aubrey"'s fake French identity papers, which are pure RefugeInAudacity.papers. "Born 1 April 1066 at Bedlam, London. Father's profession, monk: mother's, nun. Mother's maiden name, Borgia, Lucrece." Sadly, the speaker gets cut off before he can get to "Etienne Maturin".
* In ''The Fortune of War'', Aubrey is wounded, and he and Maturin are captured by the Americans and taken to Boston. Maturin asks an American surgeon about improved accommodations for Aubrey, and the surgeon recommends a hospital that sounds excellent but is used mainly as a mad-house because of its owner's unpopular opinions and penchant for hiring Irish help. His remarks include some well-meant but highly unflattering statements about the Irish, right to the face of the half-Irish Maturin, until a semi-conscious Jack blurts out, "Never mind Maturin, he is an Irish Papist himself, ha ha ha! Drunk as a Lord every morning by nine o' clock, o'clock, and never a shoe to his name." The surgeon is so mortified and apologetic that even Maturin's oft-dangerous temper is never roused.



* In ''The Letter of Marque'', Jack trains the crew of the ''Surprise'' for a lightning harbour raid on the French coast, in a secluded bay. Naturally, this includes midnight boarding drills and gunfire. The reactions of the civilian dwellers on shore--many of whom had never seen a man-of-war--are hilarious, some mistaking the ''Surprise'' for a pirate ship come to carry them off. Even better, a revenue cutter, suspecting them of smuggling, tries to investigate but gets caught on a sandbar, and has to be towed off by Aubrey's crew.

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* In ''The Letter of Marque'', Jack trains the crew of the ''Surprise'' for a lightning harbour raid on the French coast, in a secluded bay. Naturally, this includes midnight boarding drills and gunfire. The reactions of the civilian dwellers on shore--many shore -- many of whom had never seen a man-of-war--are man-of-war -- are hilarious, some mistaking the ''Surprise'' for a pirate ship come to carry them off. Even better, a revenue cutter, suspecting them of smuggling, tries to investigate but gets caught on a sandbar, and has to be towed off by Aubrey's crew.



* Babbington being promoted to acting-lieutenant, only to remorsefully admit to Jack and Stephen the truth about [[EatTheDog the fate]] of Stephen's rats.
* During the Peace of Amiens, "two Englishmen" request an interview with Captain Christy-Palliere. "The first gives his name as Jack Aubrey: born April 1, 1066 in Bedlam. Father's occupation: Monk. Mother's occupation: Nun.,,"

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* Babbington being promoted to acting-lieutenant, only to remorsefully admit to Jack and Stephen the truth about [[EatTheDog the fate]] fate of Stephen's rats.
* During the Peace of Amiens, "two Englishmen" request an interview with Captain Christy-Palliere. "The first gives his name as Jack Aubrey: born April 1, 1066 in Bedlam. Father's occupation: Monk. Mother's occupation: Nun.,,"
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* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[Explanation]]the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches (think workshifts), which are 4 hours[[/Explanation]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[Explanation]]the curtailed]][[note]]the dogwatch (either (a naval workshift at either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches (think workshifts), watches, which are 4 hours[[/Explanation]].hours[[/note]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)


* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[explanation]]the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/explanation]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[explanation]]the curtailed]][[Explanation]]the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, watches (think workshifts), which are 4 hours[[/explanation]].hours[[/Explanation]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)


* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[note]]Explanation: the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/note]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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* "They are called dogwatches because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]][[note]]Explanation: the curtailed]][[explanation]]the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/note]].hours[[/explanation]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)


* "They are called dogwatches [[note]]the dogwatch is only 2 hours long instead of the usual 4[[/note]] because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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* "They are called dogwatches [[note]]the dogwatch is only 2 hours long instead of the usual 4[[/note]] because [[spoiler:they are curtailed]].curtailed]][[note]]Explanation: the dogwatch (either 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm) is only 2 hours long, shorter than the usual naval watches, which are 4 hours[[/note]]." An in-universe [[CrowningMomentofFunny CMOF]]; it's still being referenced toward the end of the series. (The joke itself may soon grow old to the reader, but the fact that Jack cherishes the old pun and will roll it out for any unsuspecting new character is always amusing.)

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--> '''Aubrey''': Why, you are all wet. Surely you did not fall in, like a mere lubber?
--> '''Maturin''': I did not! The sea it was that rose. [[note]]True, this time around in ''The Ionian Mission''--Maturin had hoped to leap aboard, but missed, and found himself clinging to the tumblehome side of the rocking, swaying ship at the top of its rise; when it came back down...[[/note]]


* When their ship is captured by a Spanish frigate who insists they surrender and be boarded, Stephen cheerfully asks if they have anyone who knows how to deal with [[TheBlackDeath the plague]], because nobody on his ship has a clue. The Spaniards are more than happy to let them go.

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* When their ship is captured by a Spanish frigate who insists they surrender and be boarded, Stephen cheerfully asks if they have anyone who knows how to deal with [[TheBlackDeath the plague]], because nobody on his ship has a clue. The Spaniards are more than happy to let them go.change their mind about boarding and insist that they go away. Far away.


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* During the Peace of Amiens, "two Englishmen" request an interview with Captain Christy-Palliere. "The first gives his name as Jack Aubrey: born April 1, 1066 in Bedlam. Father's occupation: Monk. Mother's occupation: Nun.,,"

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