Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high... read more
“"Lor', Jacky, you sure can scream," says Tink. They musta heard you all the way to London!""You was talkin' out of yer head last night, too," chrotles Davy. <I> "No one's gonna fancy me. I'm gonna be ugly and no one's gonna fancy me!" <I> he mimics, mincing about the hammock. "you are such a rum cove, Jacky, for thinkin' such things when yer just about beat t' death! <I> Fancy me? Fancy me? <I> Jacky, no one's gonna <I> fancy <I> us, we're all gonna end up lookin' like Snag!" "Which is how a saltydog sailor's supposed to look," says willy with a firm nod. "And you're halfway there, Jack-o!" crows Tink. Ah, the sweet comfort of friends.”Jacky's thoughts, Tink, Davy, Willy
“The lads are talking about the Nature of Things Between Men and Women <i>again<i>.”naration of book, aka Jacky's thoughts
“"It's tradition, y'see," says Davy. "When you stands your Last Watch and dies or gets killed and yer body washes up on some beach somewheres and some farmer or fisherman walks by, why, he'll say ' Ah, poor Jack the Sailor, done at last,' and take yer poor bones and give 'em a fine burial and take the gold earring for his just payment. It's tradition, like."We nod and solemnly consider this bit of naval lore. "But what if he just cuts the earring out of your ear and leaves your corpse to the crabs?" says the ever doubtful me.”Davy (david) Jones and Jacky (Mary) Faber
“I finish my lovely gruel and wait patiently for him to get back on the subject at hand.”Jacky's thoughts
“What's the matter,Jaimy? Ain't-cha never seen a girl?”Jacky
“I'm thinkin' of poor Benjy rolling in aroun' in the horrid deeps without his tattoo.' says Davy out of the blue. 'Ah, he ain't down there no more.' says Tink. 'The crabs and snarly fishes have taken care of that. He's up in heaven with Jesus and he's prolly busy comparin' their tattoos.' 'Jesus ain't got no tattoo's," says Davy, 'besides, he didn't have no tattoo's neither.' 'He does now,' says Tink, suddenly our spiritual advisor. 'One just like ours. Jesus give it to him when he sees us get our own, he don't want Benjy to be left out is all. And he's better at it than Roderigo.' 'Jesus does tattoos, Reverend Tinker?' asks I. 'Sure he does, Jackass! He just points his finger and there you have it. Jesus could have 'em all over his own holy self if he wants, 'cause he's the king of heaven, and he can do anything. Mary Magdelene, even, on his chest.'”
“Nah! Jesus ain't the king of heaven!' counters Davy, ' 'is dad's the king of heaven. And there'd surely be hell to pay if Jesus comes to dinner all covered with tattoos. 'specially with "I loves you Mary Magdelene" all over his sainted belly.'I do think his mother might object,' says Jaimy with a straight face. 'Don't ya' twits reckon',' says Tink, gettin' testy, 'that Jesus can take 'em off as easy as he puts 'em on. He puts 'em on when he's havin' a few pints with his mates, and he takes 'em off when he sits down to dinner with his mum and dad. Don't you see?' 'Jesus has a few pints with his mates?' asks I. 'Of course he does!' says Tink, 'What's the use of goin' to heaven if you can't have a few pints with your mates? If it were otherwise, nobody'd go.'”
This is a very good book, full of history and facts that are most fascinating. It is also very realistic. As it is, there are several sexual references in the book. Nothing actually happens, but there are close calls in that area, and it mentions her being naked once. Just a quick precausion. I would only suggest younger readers read this if a parent can skip past these parts or explain it. Another suggestion would be to read quickly through the book beforehand. I personally, loved the book.
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