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"It might have been said that Jack Aubrey’s heart had been sealed off, so that he could accept his misfortune without its breaking; and that the sealing-off had turned him into a eunuch as far as emotion was concerned. The explanation would have been on the simple side, yet whereas in former times Captain Aubrey, like his hero Nelson and so many of his contemporaries, had been somewhat given to tears - he had wept with joy at the masthead of his first command; tears had sometimes wetted the lower part of his fiddle when he played particularly moving passages; and cruel sobs had racked him at many a shipmate’s funeral by land or sea - he was now as hard and dry-eyed as a man could well be."
- Patrick O’Brian, The Letter of Marque (via whollywell)
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