Jun 15, 2019 4:56 PM
Fabulous Rebecca encounters the Napoleonic wars
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"It wouldn't be any trouble to teach you, Miss Arden - only if you like - one does so rarely meet a music-lover at sea." This last is said with a pointed glance at Captain Harville.

(The second course was some sort of whitefish with lemon. It is being replaced by a roast). 

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Mmm, roast! "Music's my favorite thing in all the world."

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This is all the encouragement the Surgeon needs for a lengthy excursus on that time he saw Mozart performing in Vienna and could have died perfectly content right there in the theatre though really he thinks very little of the contemporary German composers and less of the French and doesn't she find American performers have no notion of taste? 

Captain Harville elbows him in the ribs. 

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"I tried for a bit to perform in America but it didn't work out. I'm not sure it has to do with anyone's taste though."

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"If it didn't work out, my dear, I'm sure it has everything to do with the audience's." 

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"It was my agent. I only got in front of a real audience one time."

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This leads to a lengthy discussion between Captains Harville and Morland about the cultural privations of life in the colonies. Emma is telling Kitty a story about an Indian sea monster with seven heads, all of them with terrible great fangs. 

(They take away the roast and bring out some Ambiguous Pudding).

 

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The ambiguity of the pudding will not stop Rebecca from having at it.

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And eventually it will be time to go. The Surgeon invites her over at 19:00 tomorrow, before her evening watch. 

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"I'll be there! Thank you."

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At 19:00 the next day the Surgeon will be enthusiastically tuning his cello! (It sounds a bit like a dead cat). 

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"Good evening! Do you have sheet music or will it all be by ear and memory -?"

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"I have some - it all depend on what want to sing, of course. I have some music for Haydn's Battle of the Nile, if you'd like, I've been looking forward to it but it does call for a female vocalist. Admiral Nelson performed it himself, you know, with the Lady Hamilton, her singing and him on the pianoforte." 

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"I know it! Does it translate well to cello?"

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"Not particularly! But we've already discussed the difficulties of getting a pianoforte at sea." 

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"Well, I suppose we'll figure it out!"

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His arrangement is actually quite good, condition of the instrument aside. 

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She's delighted to have someone to do music with!

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So is he!! 

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She stops midphrase.

"- monster," she says. And then she bursts out of the room, hollering about it at the top of her lungs. "I FELT A MONSTER, UNDERWATER, STARBOARD -"

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