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The Privateer's-Man

Frederick Marryat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Be it so, then,” he replied. “I will tell them that I take lodgings, that I may be near to a fair lady. That will be a good and sufficient excuse.”

The next day we secured lodgings to our satisfaction, and removed into them, leaving our horses and men at the tavern. We boarded with the family, and as there were others who did the same, we had a very pleasant society, especially as there were many of the other sex among the boarders. The first day that we sat down to dinner, I found myself by the side of a young man of pleasing manners, although with much of the coxcomb in his apparel. His dress was very gay and very expensive, and he wore a diamond-hilted sword and diamond buckles—at least so they appeared to me, as I was not sufficient connoisseur to [Pg 60] distinguish the brilliant from the paste. He was very affable and talkative, and before dinner was over gave me the history of many of the people present.

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Community Reviews

Now this was a ripping good yarn! Swashbuckling! Pirates! Privateers! Romance! Really, what more do you want from your reading?

Capt. Marryat was one of the premier authors of naval fiction in the 19th c., and his stories still hold up over 100 years later. In this tale we have the story of a young m

I slogged through this because it was written by Captain Marryat who was a British Naval captain during the Napoleonic wars. It was interesting to see his take on morality and hierarchy and what made for an entertaining story. But we really have come a long way since his time.

Frederick Marryat wrote his major seafaring works almost 200 years ago. The attitudes are dated, sometimes horribly so (I am thinking of the casual and endemic anti-Semitism), the story lines are chock-full of ludicrous cliches and clunky dramatic and plot devices (long-separated twins, impossible c

I had my "pirate stage" at the age of 12-13, and this was my favourite pirate book. I still remember it fondly.