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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]

Tapling: 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.

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Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Where's Mr. Tapling?

Matthews: He refuses to rise from his bunk, sir.

Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Does he indeed?

[Below decks]

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]

Tapling: 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!

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Tapling: A new acquaintance with the cuts of a bullock and the worth of full bellies for the men. Such knowledge will serve me well.

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Capt. Sir Edward Pellew: Look, you have nothing to reproach yourself with. One man has died. Others may live, thanks to you.

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Capt. Hammond: We followed as fast as we could get these rock scorpions to row!

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Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: [referring to Captain Foster] He's truly a great man, sir. To be half the man that he is would see my life fulfilled.

Lt. Bracegirdle: Careful, Mr. Hornblower, such greatness always has its price.

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Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Each of us has a maggot in our past which will happily devour our future.

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Capt. Sir Edward Pellew: Men like Bunting choose to cast themselves adrift.

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Lt. Bracegirdle: [Observing Hornblower as he stares out to sea] Something disturbs your thoughts, I fancy.

Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Just thinking of the distances we travel and yet how far we've still to sail as men.

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[on the quarantine voyage]

Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: And slaughter a bullock for the men.

Matthews: A bullock, sir?

Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Every meal may be our last. Let's make sure it's a feast.

Matthews: [laughs] Aye, aye, sir!

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[the men receive fresh beef for supper during the quarantine voyage]

Styles: Let us pray... that we'll be in quarantine for the rest of our lives.

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