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Member names inspired by POB

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1lesserof2weevils
set. 16, 2011, 9:50am

Am I the only one!?

2thorold
set. 16, 2011, 10:16am

Are you sure you are one? I'm pretty sure the "lesser of two weevils" joke also appeared in one of the C.S. Forester books: no doubt it's been current in the navy since time immemorial...

3elenchus
set. 16, 2011, 1:04pm

I didn't know it was an old joke! -- but I've not read any Hornblower (though I've got a few titles on my shelves).

I'm tempted to name a couple of cats Killick and Bonden. But I don't have any cats just yet.

4zenomax
set. 16, 2011, 1:10pm

I think Awkward Davies would be a good name for a pet...

5elenchus
set. 16, 2011, 5:05pm

So is Maturin's pun about the dog-watch being curtailed also an old nautical joke? That's pretty good, if so: O'Brian working in traditional humour for us lubbers.

6parelle
set. 16, 2011, 6:38pm

Those are excellent pet names! My friend did have hermit crabs while in college named Jack, Stephen, and Babbington, and her car is Sophy :)

7Enodia
set. 16, 2011, 7:30pm

>2 thorold: "Are you sure you are one? I'm pretty sure the "lesser of two weevils" joke also appeared in one of the C.S. Forester books..."

i don't recall seeing that in Hornblower. can you point out where it was?

>3 elenchus: "I didn't know it was an old joke! -- but I've not read any Hornblower (though I've got a few titles on my shelves)."

READ THEM!
one cannot fully appreciate O'Brian until one has read Forrester, imo. you might even recognise a few themes which O'Brian 'borrowed'.

8elenchus
set. 17, 2011, 3:21pm

It is intriguing to think PO'B borrowed some themes. After running through Aubrey-Maturin, perhaps I will read some Forrester and some Pope. Certainly my dear Granddad liked them all, and he's a guiding light for me in these matters.

9thorold
set. 17, 2011, 5:22pm

I might be wrong - I thought it was in the scene in The commodore where Hornblower entertains the Czar to dinner on board, but that doesn't seem to be it. (Weevils, but no lesser...) Perhaps I was imagining it, but I did have a strong feeling I'd seen it before when I came across it in POB.

10lesserof2weevils
set. 19, 2011, 9:54am

This exchange takes place in Book 6 "The Fortune of War" and the scene is replicated in the fine movie "Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World". If POB "borrowed" the joke from C.S. Forester I think I have some more seafaring reading to do! (LO2W)

Dinner in the officers' mess. The captain is inebriated, but asks apparently seriously
Capt. Jack Aubrey: Do you see those two weevils doctor?
Dr. Stephen Maturin: I do.
Capt. Jack Aubrey: Which would you choose?
Dr. Stephen Maturin: sighs annoyed Neither; there is not a scrap a difference between them. They are the same species of Curculio.
Capt. Jack Aubrey: If you had to choose. If you were forced to make a choice. If there was no other response...
Dr. Stephen Maturin: Exasperated Well then if you are going to *push* me...
the doctor studies the weevils briefly
Dr. Stephen Maturin: ...I would choose the right hand weevil; it has... significant advantage in both length and breadth.
the captain thumps his fist in the table
Capt. Jack Aubrey: There, I have you! You're completely dished! Do you not know that in the service...
pauses
Capt. Jack Aubrey: ...one must always choose the lesser of two weevils.
the officers burst out in laughter

11rcss67
set. 26, 2011, 7:39pm

such a great series, i wish he had lived forever to write

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