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[the aristocratic Mr. Tapling is assigned Cook's Mate on the quarantine voyage, and is helping the Steward to butcher a bullock
: This is without question the most revolting experience of my entire life. Steward
: It has its advantages, sir. Tapling
: None that I can see. Steward
: The man with the hatchet gets to pick the choicest cuts. Tapling
: Indeed... show me.
Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: Where's Mr. Tapling? Matthews
: He refuses to rise from his bunk, sir. Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: Does he indeed?
] Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: Good morrow, Mr. Tapling! When shall you grace us with your presence above decks? Tapling
: Never. There is no point. Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: The Moors have come to fetch their gold. Tapling
: The Moors? Don't let them aboard, set sail at once. Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: The gold is theirs by right. Tapling
: I will not see them, send one of the men. Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: I need my men, Mr. Tapling! Tapling
: I have pains in my body, I cannot move. The hand of Death is upon me. Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: In that case, you shall have no need for rations.
[Takes away his food
: You would withold rations from a dying man? Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
: I would consider it my duty to help speed your release from this world, sir. Tapling
: [gets up
] The Admiral will hear of this!
: A new acquaintance with the cuts of a bullock and the worth of full bellies for the men. Such knowledge will serve me well.