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Patrick O'Brian

“They made him [Stephen] a little canvas boat, and it was thought that if he were obliged to wear two sea-elephant's bladders, blown up and attached to his person, he could not come to harm in such a placid sea; but after an unfortunate experience in which he became involved in his umbrella and it was found that the bladders buoyed up his meagre hams alone, so that only the presence of Babbington's Newfoundland preserved him, he was forbidden to go unaccompanied.”


Patrick O'Brian, Desolation Island
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Desolation Island (Aubrey & Maturin #5) Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian
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