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I had a row with my bishop,” the fellow stated crossly after which, understanding his indiscretion, further with an ingratiating smile: “I thought of i may top serve the Lord by means of saving souls between our courageous seamen, uncovered as they're to bigger temptations than my flock in Essex. ” “Ah,” Aitken acknowledged, glancing at Ramage, “that’s a fascinating viewpoint which i do know the Captain has thought of prior to. At this position in Essex the place you had your kirk—did ye no longer have whores and thieves and vagabonds, like at any place else? ” Stokes raised his palms, arms outwards, and assumed what he should have thought of a man-of-the-world expression. “Ah, some of every one, i need to admit; the flesh is susceptible and a chaplain can merely recommend and pray and element the way in which …” “I’m pondering ye’ve deserted your flock,” Aitken stated, his voice sorrowful, “because whereas ye may possibly maybe have switched over the whores and thieves and vagabonds in Essex, we dinna have one among any of these on board this send for ye to education on, Mr Stokes. ” “Ah, Lieutenant, there you're mistaken,” Stokes stated patronizingly, assuming that the truth that Aitken deferred to the Captain intended that the chaplain’s place was once among the 2. “No guy is with no sin, is he, Captain? ” “He is during this ship,” Aitken acknowledged crisply, “otherwise he will get a flogging! ” Ramage used to be tough placed to maintain a instantly face: Aitken had set the seize, Stokes had walked in and Aitken had sprung it. Stokes used to be to not understand that Ramage had ordered in basic terms males to be flogged in view that he first commanded a boat, and besides, he used to be technically right. “Flogging? ” Stokes’s eyes jerked from Aitken to Ramage, as though—as notwithstanding what? Ramage used to be now not but definite. Did the idea of flogging horrify him, because it did Ramage and plenty of different captains? No, it was once extra worry than horror within the man’s eyes. “Yes, flogging. As you pointed out, no guy is with no sin; likewise no guy is past the succeed in of the cat-o’-nine-tails. ” “Except the officials, in fact! ” Stokes attempted to grin at his personal shaggy dog story, yet Ramage determined to stretch the reality to determine what impression it had. “Officers, too,” he stated. “The captain of a boat has extra energy than the King—you detect that, Mr Stokes? ” “Er, good, i didn't discover that. In what method, sir? ” “The King can't order a guy to be flogged; i will be able to. ” “So allow us to pray,” Stokes acknowledged unctuously, “that every person behaves himself. ” “They won’t,” Aitken commented gloomily, “they by no means do. good now,” he stated, taking a look at his watch, “your fellow warrant officials might be busy taking the entire foodstuff, so possibly …” the 1st Lieutenant picked up his hat and Ramage was once grateful to work out that Stokes was once evidently going to stick with him. despite the fact that, there has been only one factor to clarify correct before everything of the chaplain’s ecclesiastical reign. “Mr Stokes neither I nor the ship’s corporation like lengthy sermons. except anything, the elements is seldom compatible: too chilly in northern waters for them to sit down round for lengthy, and too scorching within the Tropics. So have in mind, ten mins! ” “Oh Captain,” Stokes stated reproachfully, “what am i able to inform the lads in ten mins?