L.A. Meyer · 528 pages
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“Then it hits me....
And it hits me with the force of a blow. I am maybe fifteen years old. I am a girl. I am also acting lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and, by the Naval Rules and Regulations as regards the chain of command, I am in command of His Majesty's Ship Wolverine.”
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”
“Ah Padriac. I have often wondered if boys who have flaming red hair up top also have...yep.”
“I seek the face of God in the sky and in the waves of the ocean, not in some book or on my knees in some dusty church. “I”
“I bow to the Captain—I think a curtsy would be a bit out of place here—and recite, in French, the little speech I had made up for these occasions to try to tone down my growing reputation as a bloodthirsty pirate. “I am Jacky La Faber. Perhaps you have heard of me. I am a privateer who takes ships and their cargoes, but I neither harm nor rob the crews or the passengers of the ships I seize, no matter what you may have heard. You and your men will be put in one of your lifeboats and allowed to return to France.”
“I suppose Boston and its inhabitants have by now recovered from your visit?” “I guess so, but Boston was burning right cheerfully as I left.” Higgins”
“No one should be forced to be something they aren't.”
“Let’s show Dr. God what hell feels like.”
“I don't like songs about wanting things. I like songs about letting go, saying goodbye.”
“He turned the coin over and over and contemplated the only thing unusual about him holding a trinket from a world fallen to ashes - and that was him being around to marvel at the loss. It was supposed to be people who died and cultures that lasted. Now, it was the other way around;”
“Through books she could see the world.”
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