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  • "...the only remaining officer, an odabashi, had been obliged to use what was in the men's powder-horns.

    "'Is this gentleman the odabashi?' asked Jack.

    "'Oh no, sir. He is an learned man, an effendi, who writes poetical Arabic letters and speaks Greek. The odabashi is only a brutal soldier, a janissary of about the rank of a boatswain...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 145

    February 19, 2008