“‘They will not be pleased. But they know we must catch the monsoon with a well-found ship; and they know they are in the Navy–they have chosen their cake, and must lie on it.’
‘You mean, they cannot have their bed and eat it.’
‘No, no, it is not quite that either. I mean–I wish you would not confuse my mind, Stephen.'”
Patrick O’Brian, H.M.S. ‘Surprise’
Just beginning with Aubrey and Maturin? Start here with Master and Commander.