Scattered SPOILER thoughts on The Fortune of War. Here’s the non-spoiler post if you got here by mistake.
I don’t know cricket in the least, but I gather that you’re not actually supposed to carry the ball on your bat?
I was interested that none of the characters talked on-screen about the cause of the fire in La Flèche. I mean, it’s tolerably obvious what happened, but all the same the lack of discussion, even in that brief period of safety on the Java, caught my attention.
Poor young Forshaw.
I’m always absurdly touched by the kindness of the opposing officers to their prisoners of war, from Christy-Palliere to the officers of the Constitution. Melancholy as well, but that’s contemporary politics intruding.
Someone who loves birds but who’s actively evil! Hah. (Goodness, but I was tense waiting for Johnson to show up while Stephen was in hiding.)
I didn’t expect that Stephen would no longer love Diana, though I understand it perfectly well. Stephen might have been deceived about his prospects with her in India, but he’s always seen her character very clearly, and wouldn’t fail to notice the changes in her now.
Poor Stephen after the Frenchmen. I do love Jack and his unquestioning and immediate response out of friendship; no, he’s not usually much good on land except when in action, but I can’t fault his loyalty. (Lymond fans have catalogued, or possibly sketched, the scars of the main character. I wonder if anyone’s done the same for Jack, and whether that arm will be the same?)
I note that Stephen and Diana are not married by the end of the book, and I expect this to be an Issue next book.