I suspected at once that he was a naval officer
; I don't know why, but it is difficult to mistake a navy man.
What ships from beyond they have warned only the secret archives of government show; but, a naval officer
myself, I have gathered from the traditions of the service that it has been fully two hundred years since smoke or sail has been sighted east of 30d or west of 175d.
The naval officer
took the initiative in calling upon me, and his frankness was such that he told me all about his father, his mother, his sister (who is married to a lawyer of Tula), and the town of Kronstadt.
He who, a hundred years ago, more or less, pronounced the above words in the uneasiness of his heart, thirsting for professional distinction, was a young naval officer
. Of his life, career, achievements, and end nothing is preserved for the edification of his young successors in the fleet of to-day - nothing but this phrase, which, sailor-like in the simplicity of personal sentiment and strength of graphic expression, embodies the spirit of the epoch.
It seemed as if Mr Shepherd, in this anxiety to bespeak Sir Walter's good will towards a naval officer
as tenant, had been gifted with foresight; for the very first application for the house was from an Admiral Croft, with whom he shortly afterwards fell into company in attending the quarter sessions at Taunton; and indeed, he had received a hint of the Admiral from a London correspondent.
He was a dark, heavy-browed, strongly-built man, dressed in a shabby old naval officer
"Well, Professor Maxon, to be quite frank," he said at length, "we learned at Singapore the personnel of your party, which included a former naval officer
whom we have been seeking for many years.
Anatole kept on refilling Pierre's glass while explaining that Dolokhov was betting with Stevens, an English naval officer
, that he would drink a bottle of rum sitting on the outer ledge of the third floor window with his legs hanging out.
A young naval officer
had recently been sent out by the emperor to take command of one of the company's vessels.
Excepting the few acres on which the building stood, the surrounding land belonged to a retired naval officer
of old family, who resented the attempt of a merchant of low birth to assume the position of a gentleman.
At the name of Lord de Winter, who was known to be one of his Grace's most intimate friends, the officer of the post gave orders to let Felton pass, who, besides, wore the uniform of a naval officer
Brownlow, 'were a naval officer
retired from active service, whose wife had died some half-a-year before, and left him with two children--there had been more, but, of all their family, happily but two survived.