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rioting in swinish slumber

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  • What an image this conjures!

    February 24, 2008

  • One of my new favorite phrases. I read it here:

    "'...But what do I find? The maintopgallantsail being supervised from the head...'

    "'Oh sir,' cried Nesbitt, stung with the injustice. 'I was caught short just that once.'

    "'... and the foretopsail apparently reefing itself while the midshipman was rioting in swinish slumber somewhere below.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 285

    February 23, 2008