The books are full of one-liners that crack me up, such as:
Few people had ever expressed such confidence in me; fewer still had been vindicated by it.
The First Lord, I saw, had become only the latest, if most illustrious, of those superiors who believed me to be a credulous simpleton.
Perhaps I thought of the joy on my mother's face when she had received the unique letter from my uncle stating that I had not, contrary to all expectation and precedent, disgraced myself in Dover.
If there was one thing I hated about command, other than the master's endless gibes, it was the great scope it gave me to make an idiot of myself.
"It must be a cipher!" I spoke with the wonder of revelation, and looked at the two Frenchmen before me. "Do either of you know any secret French codes?"