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|Directly responsible and sea legs?
Written by Barbara
(10/3/2005 11:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Two things that have always bugged me a bit., penned by Faith R
I think that the captain's reaction has to do with the fact that he feels directly responsible and guilty about what happened to Louisa, whereas in battle, if some of his men were injured that was a risk that they understood and into which he had not put them without due consideration. The whole incident with Louisa was so foolish and unnecessary, and he should have been more commanding and firm in refusing her, as he would no doubt have been aboard his ship.
As for the Admiral's scary driving, I take the meaning to be that he is much more comfortable aboard a ship and controlling it than he is on land. His 'sea legs' have become a permanent condition in some ways.
I don't think this is Jane (I assume you meant Jane, not Anne?) poking fun at the Navy, but rather showing how much of their lives were devoted to their profession, possibly to the point that they were actually less comfortable in situations on land than they would be on a ship.
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