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Patrick O'Brian

“They will not be pleased. But they know we must catch the monsoon with a well-found ship; and they know they are in the Navy--they have chosen their cake, and must lie on it.'
You mean, they cannot have their bed and eat it.'
No, no, it is not quite that either. I mean--I wish you would not confuse my mind, Stephen.”

Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. Surprise
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H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey & Maturin #3) H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
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