Hornblower: The Even Chance


Yes, sir. But, not very well, sir.

You'd have done better if you knew


about sines and cosines.

Better still if you could foresee

a squall

in time to get t'gallants in.

We have no time for ablative

absolutes in the navy.

- No, sir.

- Obey orders, do your duty,

and no harm will come to you.

That will do.

Ah, the Indies, now that's

the place, Horatio

Clear blue skies, and waters too.

I should very much like to see

that, Mr. Hether.

So you may,

if we ever get off this stinking

hulk and put to sea again.

You're in my seat.

The head of the table is my place.

Come on, up!

How now, my sweet brother officers?

No cheer for Jack's return?

We took you for a lieutenant

by now, Jack.

- Did you?

- Your commission?

- Refused.

- Oh, bad luck.

Bad luck indeed.

So, acting lieutenant Simpson is

once again

Mr. Midshipman Simpson.

At your service.

What's this? A new face among

our august company. Mr?

Hornblower, sir.

Pleased to meet you.

What have you there?

Mutton, sir.

Very fine. Very fine indeed.

A mite salty for my taste.

What do you mean by helping

yourself to my vittles, sir?

I should have thought my intention

was quite obvious.


You'll acquaint young Snotty here

with the way of things

or have you forgotten so soon?

N- n- no. I,

Mr. Simpson may levy a toll upon

our seachests for fresh shirts.

Likewise, our issue of spirits,

and the best cuts

of meat go to him.

- Why?

- He is senior officer in the mess.

We are all midshipmen.

That smacks of republicanism

to my mind, Mr. Hornblower.

Is that what you are?

To my knowledge there is nothing

in King's Regulations

I pee on your regulations!

There is but one law in this mess

render unto Caesar

And I'll leave it to you to figure

which of us is Caesar

and which is to do the rendering.

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