1. What vessel are Aubrey and Maturin sailing?
2. What class is the vessel?
3. Who owns the vessel?
4. What port do they depart at the opening of the story?
5. What is the approximate date at the opening of the novel?
6. What is threatening British interests in the area where they are headed?
7. How does narration characterize their mission?
8. Who is Clarissa Oakes?
9. Where is Clarissa Oakes?
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