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- noun obsolete A
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Captain Vere, the Pontius Pilate of this Passion, I played myself, not because I thought I was particularly suited to the role but because I could find no one else at the price; and the old Dansker, the Recording Angel, I confided to Melvyn Douglas, who had practically retired and who was by chance vacationing in Spain, where the picture was to be shot.
He was an old Dansker long anglicized in the service, of few words, many wrinkles and some honorable scars.
It was on account of that scar and the affair in which it was known that he had received it, as well as from his blue-peppered complexion, that the Dansker went among the Indomitable's crew by the name of "Board-her-in-the-smoke."
Yet upon one occasion, he could not forbear a little disburthening himself to the old Dansker, tempted thereto perhaps by the influence of a balmy night when the ship lay becalmed; the twain, silent for the most part, sitting together on deck, their heads propped against the bulwarks.
Upon hearing Billy's version, the sage Dansker seemed to divine more than he was told; and after a little meditation during which his wrinkles were pursed as into a point, quite effacing for the time that quizzing expression his face sometimes wore, "Didn't I say so, Baby Budd?"
However it was, the Dansker in his ascetic way rather took to Billy.
Years, and those experiences which befall certain shrewder men subordinated life-long to the will of superiors, all this had developed in the Dansker the pithy guarded cynicism that was his leading characteristic.
Making an end of his story, the Foretopman asked, "And now, Dansker, do tell me what you think of it."
The Dansker in fact being the originator of the name by which the Foretopman eventually became known aboard ship.
Mr. Dansker approves virtually every loan that goes into his book, and he knows the loan book cold.
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