By Evelyn Waugh
Fueled by means of idealism and eagerness to give a contribution to the struggle attempt, man Crouchback turns into hooked up to a commando unit present process education at the Hebridean isle of Mugg, the place the whisky flows freely and admire needs to be paid to the laird. however the comedy of Mugg is quickly through the bitterness of Crete, the place chaos reigns and a tough evacuation needs to be finished. Officers and Gentlemen is the second one novel in Waugh's fabulous Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of man Crouchback ("the best paintings of fiction in English to emerge from global battle II" -Atlantic Monthly), which additionally includes Men at palms and Unconditional Surrender.
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Don’t get the idea’ – he was out of breath, and his hands flapped – ‘don’t you believe that I’m complaining for the hell of it. I know you don’t have any influence, and you’re just a poor fellow yourself. ’ And he beat the table with his fist several times, not taking his eyes off it as he did so. ‘I’ve served on so many ships in my time’ – and here he reeled off a list of twenty names as if it was a single word, Karl felt quite giddy – ‘and with distinction, I was praised, I was a worker of the kind my captains liked, I even served on the same clipper for several years’ – he rose, as if that had been the high point of his life – ‘and here on this bathtub, where everything is done by rote, where they’ve no use for imagination – here I’m suddenly no good, here I’m always getting in Schubal’s way, I’m lazy, I deserve to get kicked out, they only pay me my wages out of the kindness of their hearts.
Well, you’re right about that,’ said the man with some pride, and carried on tinkering with the lock of a small suitcase, repeatedly shutting it with both hands to listen to the sound of the lock as it snapped shut. ’ asked Karl. ’ Karl asked to reassure himself, as he’d heard a lot about the dangers for new arrivals in America, especially coming from Irishmen. ‘Yes, yes,’ said the man. Still Karl hesitated. Then the man abruptly grabbed the door handle, and pulling it to, swept Karl into the room with him.
I’ve lost my way,’ said Karl. ’ ‘Well, you’re right about that,’ said the man with some pride, and carried on tinkering with the lock of a small suitcase, repeatedly shutting it with both hands to listen to the sound of the lock as it snapped shut. ’ asked Karl. ’ Karl asked to reassure himself, as he’d heard a lot about the dangers for new arrivals in America, especially coming from Irishmen. ‘Yes, yes,’ said the man. Still Karl hesitated. Then the man abruptly grabbed the door handle, and pulling it to, swept Karl into the room with him.
Officers and Gentlemen (Sword of Honour, Book 2) by Evelyn Waugh