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HMS Surprise, chapter 5

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Patrick O'Brian's books are not plot-driven. Even the most 'character-driven' story I've read is nowhere near this character-driven. There are many smaller stories within, overlapping, intertwining (not like C.S. Forester's seperate short stories about Horatio Hornblower) and sometimes hardly any things happen, but the characters are riveting. All of them.