When this species of summons was made the officer inquired aloud the point of the brig's departure, its route, its landings; and to all these questions the captain replied without difficulty and without hesitation.
During the examination of Milady by the officer, as may well be imagined, Milady on her part was not less scrutinizing in her glances.
"As you see," responded Vronsky, knitting his brows, wiping his mouth, and not looking at the officer.
"So you're not afraid of getting fat?" said the latter, turning a chair round for the young officer.
d'Artagnan shall have manifested the desire of giving in his resignation, he shall no longer be reckoned leader of the expedition, and every officer placed under his orders shall be held to no longer obey him.
"Monsieur," said the officer, coming up to him, "I await your good pleasure to depart."
You all are familiar with the naval tradition that a good officer could sense proximity to either line, and for my part, I am firmly convinced of the truth of this as I am that the compass finds the north without recourse to tedious processes of reasoning.
Old Admiral Sanchez was wont to maintain that he could smell thirty, and the men of the first ship in which I sailed claimed that Coburn, the navigating officer, knew by name every wave along thirty from 60dN.
That same evening there was an animated discussion among the squadron's officers in Denisov's quarters.
"I'm not to blame that the conversation began in the presence of other officers. Perhaps I ought not to have spoken before them, but I am not a diplomatist.
Frank, remembering the friendly reproof which he had just received, passed ov er the other officers of the Wanderer , and made a special effort to be civil to Crayford's friend.
Frank turned to his brother officers, without making any further advances in the direction of Richard Wardour.