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Poor Jack

By Marryat, Frederick, Captain

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Title: Poor Jack  
Author: Marryat, Frederick, Captain
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: Chapter 1. In which, like most people who tell their own stories, I begin with the histories of other people. I have every reason to believe that I was born in the year of our Lord 1786, for more than once I put the question to my father, and he invariably made the same reply: ?Why, Jack, you were launched a few months before the Druids were turned over to the Melpomene.? I have since ascertained that this remarkable event occurred in January 1787. But my father always reckoned in this way: if you asked him when such an event took place, he would reply, so many years or months after such a naval engagement or remarkable occurrence; as, for instance, when I one day inquired how many years he had served the King, he responded, ?I came into the sarvice a little afore the battle of Bunker?s Hill, in which we licked the Americans clean out of Boston.? [I have since heard a different version of the result of this battle.] As for Anno Domini, he had no notion of it whatever. Who my grandfather was, I cannot inform the reader, nor is it, perhaps, of much consequence. My father was a man who invariably looked forward, and hated anything like retrospection: he never mentioned either his father or his mother; perhaps he was not personally acquainted with them. All I could collect from him at intervals was, that he served in a collier from South Shields, and that a few months after his apprenticeship was out, he found himself one fine morning on board of a man?of?war, having been picked up in a state of unconsciousness, and hoisted up the side without his knowledge or consent. Some people may infer from this, that he was at the time tipsy; he never told me so; all he said was, ?Why, Jack, the fact is when they picked me up I was quite altogether non pompus.? I also collected at various times the following facts, that he was put into the mizen?top, and served three years in the West Indies; that he was transferred to the main?top, and served five years in the Mediterranean; that he was made captain of the foretop, and sailed six years in the East Indies; and, at last, was rated captain?s coxswain in the Druid frigate, attached to the Channel fleet cruising during the peace. Having thus condensed the genealogical and chronological part of this history, I now come to a portion of it in which it will be necessary that I should enter more into detail.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Poor Jack, 1 -- Captain Frederick Marryat, 1 -- Chapter I, 2 -- Chapter II, 4 -- Chapter III, 6 -- Chapter IV, 8 -- Chapter V, 10 -- Chapter VI, 13 -- Chapter VII, 19 -- Chapter VIII, 22 -- Chapter IX, 26 -- Chapter X, 29 -- Chapter XI, 35 -- Chapter XII, 39 -- Chapter XIII, 43 -- Chapter XIV, 52 -- Chapter XV, 55 -- Chapter XVI, 58 -- Chapter XVII, 63 -- Chapter XVIII, 69 -- Chapter XIX, 74 -- Chapter XX, 80 -- Chapter XXI, 84 -- Chapter XXII, 87 -- Chapter XXIII, 92 -- Chapter XXIV, 96 -- Chapter XXV, 100 -- Chapter XXVI, 103 -- Chapter XXVII, 105 -- Chapter XXVIII, 110 -- Chapter XXIX, 116 -- Chapter XXX, 119 -- Chapter XXXI, 122 -- Chapter XXXII, 128 -- Chapter XXXIII, 132 -- Chapter XXXIV, 134 -- Chapter XXXV, 140 -- Chapter XXXVI, 144 -- Chapter XXXVII, 147 -- Chapter XXXVIII, 153 -- Chapter XXXIX, 158 -- Chapter XL, 161 -- Chapter XLI, 165 -- Chapter XLII, 169 -- Chapter XLIII, 172 -- Chapter XLIV, 178 -- Chapter XLV, 180 -- Poor Jack -- i

 

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