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Patrick O'Brian

“He considered old age and its mutilations and wondered what it would do for him: examples presented themselves to his mind, not only of mental decay, physical weakness, gout, stone and rheumatism, but of boastful mendacious garrulity, intense and peevish selfishness; timidity if not cowardice, dirt, concupiscence, avarice.”


Patrick O'Brian, The Fortune of War
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The Fortune of War (Aubrey & Maturin #6) The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian
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