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The novel presents two primary plot-lines—Aubrey pursues an obvious military voyage while Maturin executes a subtle intelligence operation. Discuss the narrative balance of the two plot-lines; it the book balanced? Do the two plot-lines complement each other? Which plot-line do you find more enjoyable, and why?

Why do you think Aubrey and Maturin are such close friends? Do you think their friendship would be able to weather any interpersonal storm?

Aubrey seems to be a master of the sea but quickly falls apart when ashore, making bad decisions and spending money foolishly. Do you think that Aubrey would ever be able to retain a sizeable estate if left ashore for many years?

After reading the novel, does the life of a common seaman—perhaps that of James Hole, disciplined for drunkenness—seem appealing to you? In your opinion, which class...

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