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message 1: by Raindog (last edited Mar 04, 2011 08:13PM) (new)

Raindog | 2 comments Hi Armchair Sailors... I've joined the group to ask a specific question. Hope that's allowed.

My question is this:

In Mauritius Command, Maturin is reading. When done, he dusts sand in the pages before closing the book.

Why does he dust the pages with sand?

I've checked the internet to see if there's any reference for this, but found none.

Thanks for answers in advance. :-)

message 2: by Jamie (last edited Mar 05, 2011 12:21PM) (new)

Jamie Collins (jamie_goodreads) | 8 comments Sand would dry the ink so that it doesn't smear. I'm not sure why he would do that if the ink was already completely dry.

message 3: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Moorhouse Perhaps the sea air got into the books, so it was necessary to protect them against damp.

message 4: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Collins (jamie_goodreads) | 8 comments I found that passage (Amazon's "Search Inside" feature is handy - I look forward to the day when I can get all of these books in a searchable electronic format) and Stephen is writing in his diary, so the sand would be used to help dry the ink.

message 5: by Raindog (new)

Raindog | 2 comments I was told before I posted the question here that no, he wasn't writing in the book, but perhaps I cloaked the query in confusing language, like asking if he was writing in the book.... :-)

My roommate thanks everyone for the answers, and promises he will read more carefully next time.

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