1. In chapter one, under what circumstances do Sir Joseph Blain, Admiral Harte, and various other political and military figures meet?
2. Why is the First Lord of the Lords Commissioners not happy about allowing captured Spanish vessels to be considered prizes?
3. What is the ruling of the First Lord about the seized Spanish ships?
4. Why does the First Lord's mention of Stephen Maturin shock and dismay Sir Joseph Blain?
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