We were walking to and fro athwart the quarter-deck
. No one of the crew forward could be seen (the day was Sunday), and the mate pursued:
Captain Thorn was an honest, straighforward, but somewhat dry and dictatorial commander, who, having been nurtured in the system and discipline of a ship of war, and in a sacred opinion of the supremacy of the quarter-deck
, was disposed to be absolute lord and master on board of his ship.
The admiral, however, without taking any further notice of the duke's ill-humor, led the princesses into the quarter-deck
cabin, where dinner had been served with a magnificence worthy in every respect of his guests.
They ascended the accommodation ladder, were greeted by the Commodore, hat in hand, and passing along the quarter-deck
, the marine guard presented arms, while the band struck up 'The King of the Cannibal Islands'.
He was leaning against the quarter-deck
capstan and kept silent.
It was only when we plunged upon the crowded quarter-deck
, and my own eyes read lust of life and dread of death in the starting eyes of others, that such lust and such dread consumed me in my turn, so that my veins seemed filled with fire and ice.