1 1 Capt Vere - to be
inserted after first
account of him
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In view of the part that the ——//——
Commander of the Indomitable plays
in a scene scenes shortly to follow, it
may be well to fill out a little that
passing running sketch of him outlined in
a the previous chapter.
In certain respects ^ Quite Aside from his good
qualities as a sea-officer
Vere was an exceptional man character sea-officer .
Unlike no few of England's renowned
sailors, long and arduous service
with and great signal devotion to it, had not
resulted in absorbing and salting
the entire man. He had a marked
2 1 2 2 70 82 toward everything intellectual. He
loved books, never going to sea
without a newly replenished library,
compact but of the best. The isolated
leisure, in some cases so wearisome ,
falling at intervals to commanders
even during a war-cruise, never was
tedious to Captain Vere. With nothing
of that literary taste which less heeds
the matter ^ thing conveyed than the style vehicle , his bias
was toward those books to which
every ^ seriously superior serious mind of superior order mind at once serious and
broad and occupying ^ a any active post of
an authority in the world, naturally
takes to; inclines: books treating of a real
actual men and events no matter of what
era—history, biography and
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^ unconventional writers that, like Montaigne, frankly who who, free from cant & convention, honestly
and in the spirit of common sense
^ penetratingly philosophize upon ^ those greatest of all realities.
mysteries, facts.
In this line of reading
he found that which he had vainly
sought in the miscellanious converse
83 In this line of reading he found confirmation
of his own more reserved thoughts—confirmation
which he had vainly sought in social
converse, so that as touching every most fundamental
topics, there was ^ had got to be established in him
some positive convictions, which he
forefelt would unalterably abide in him ^ essentially unmodified
^ proof to all sophistries so long as his intelligent part remained
unimpaired. Cons In view of the
troubled period in which he lived his lot was cast, this
was well for him. His Those settled convictions
were as a dyke against those
4 1 72 84 It was ^ The said convictions were as a dyke serving to resist those
invading angry impetuous waters of new-fangled novel opinion
social and political ^ and otherwise, which carried
away as in a deluge torrent no few minds
in those days, minds by nature not
inferior to his own. While other members
of that aristocracy to which ^ by birth he belonged
were incensed at the innovaters
mainly because the their theories advocated
were inimical to the ir interests as a privileged class classes ,
not alone Captain Vere / disinterestedly intellectually ^ disinterestedly opposed
them not alone as ^ in great part impracticable but
so far partaking of the unsound as
to border on the insane. cracked It was from France
that was came the tempest then
sweeping the greater part of Christendom;
them ^ not alone because they seem to him to be
not in in susceptible of being embodied embodiment in permanent lasting
institutions, but even where pr at war with the
4 true welfa peace of the world and the true welfare of
mankind. Not that he was a No bigot for
monarchical forms, but he regarded the
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[With minds less stored than his & far less earnest,
5 some officers of his rank, with whom
at times he would necessarily consort,
found him lacking in the companionable ^ convivial social
quality, ^ a dry and bookish gentleman ,^ as they
deemed. Upon his any chance withdrawal
from their company one would be
Hampdens of our Revolu

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as to political liberty which prompted the
American Revolution
6 74 86 apt to say to another, Ve something
like this: "Vere is a noble fellow,
Starry Vere . Spite the gazzette gazzettes , Sir
Horatio meaning him who beca Lord Nels is at bottom scarse a better
seaman or fighter. But between you
and me now do'nt you think there
is a queer streak of the ^ martinet pedantic
^ running thro' in him? Yes, like the King's yarn
in a coil of navy-rope . ?
In fact ^ Some apparent ground there was for This sort of confidential
criticism ; was doubtless provoked
by the circumstance fact that ^ since not only did
the Captain's discourse never fall
into the familiar or jocosely familiar,
but he was apt in illustrating ^ of any
point touching the stirring personages
7 75 and events of the time he would be as apt to cite some
historic character or incident of antiquity with the same
easy as that he would cite from the moderns. He seemed
7 87 and events of the world the period to drop cite some ^ historic
the ancients, and character or incident allusion to equally from indifferently from Plutarch say, or Livy,
of antiquity as freely quite as freely as
unmindful of the circumstance that
to his bluff company such ^ remote allusions
however pertinent they might ^ really be
were altogether too alien to men whose reading was mainly confined to the journals. and remote. But
considerateness in such matters is not
easy to minds natures constituted like Captain
Vere's. Their honesty prescribes to
them ^ directness, sometimes a far-reaching directness like
that of a migratory fowl in its that
in its flight takes no note ^ never heeds when
it crosses a frontier.
It may help to show how
he himself regarded his "little
weakness" as some of his friends