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|"Entertaining" to take privateers
Written by Line
(10/15/2008 2:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What exactly does it mean?, penned by Martina
If you substitute "exciting" for "entertaining", I think you'll get what CW means. This is clearly a man who enjoys challenge, novelty, excitement and even a certain amount of danger in his work. I'm sure he'd be bored out of his skull on a ship that simply sailed back and forth and never varied from its routine, so he is willing to risk some danger as long as it's exciting as well (not to mention the chance of considerable financial reward!). Don't forget that that he is understating his exploits to the Musgroves in a very lighthearted fashion here, hardly mentioning the risks at all.
I don't know if you've ever seen the 1950s film "Mr. Roberts" with Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon, about a WWII cargo ship that travels safely and dully back and forth, filled with men who would do anything to get into the "real" war for a chance at excitement and glory. They want what CW has had, and CW would hate being in their position as much as they do!
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