Le Quotidien Aubrey-Maturin: On the other side of the world (Book 10), Chapters 9-10 (p. 3505-3574)
After being rescued, Aubrey and Maturin enjoy the daily routine aboard the Surprisewho resumes the hunt Norfolk. But then it’s the weather that starts not cooperating again (Aubrey would later point out that this trip had the most weather-related issues), with the tail of a typhoon hitting the ship. It doesn’t do much damage, but it knocks Maturin down, hits his head, and falls into a coma. The rest of the non-doctors think he needs to be trepanned, but they need calm seas (or dry land) to try to do so safely. Fortunately, they spot an island nearby.
Approaching, they find a group of shipwrecked white men – the crew of the Norfolk! The Norfolk itself is shattered in the lagoon, devastated by the force of the same typhoon that hit the Surprise. Captain Palmer of the Norfolk claims the War of 1812 is over and thus avoids official capture, though Aubrey is wary of fully believing him, especially since a good portion of the Norfolk’s crew are deserters from the HMS Hermoine. In real life, it was the Surprise that took over the Hermoine following their famous mutiny, so the crew of the Hermoine have a particular distaste for that ship.
During this time, the NorfolkMaturin’s surgeon joins in to help with Maturin’s trepanation, but just as it is about to end, Maturin wakes from his coma. Phew!
More bad weather forces the Surprise (with 1st Lt. Mowatt on the left in command) to seek shelter away from the island, stranding everyone. Aubrey realizes they are outnumbered on the ground and tries to find a way off the island using one of their landing craft. They are approached by former hermoine crew members, but just when things are about to get really bad, the Surprise reappears after weeks of absence!
And so ends volume 10, “On the other side of the world”! Then, book 11, “The other side of the coin”.
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