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Patrick O'Brian

“It’s all along of the unicorn’s horn – it’s all along of the glorious hand. Huzzay, three times huzzay for the doctor!’

Lord, how they cheered their surgeon! It was he who had brought the narwhal’s tusk aboard: and the severed hand, the Hand of Glory, was his property: both symbolized (and practically guaranteed) immense good fortune, virility, safety from poison or any disease you chose to name: and both had proved their worth.”


Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen
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Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin, #20) Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian
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