I am reading this as part of a complete read through of the whole series, although I am reading other books in between helpings of O'Brian.
It took less than 20 pages to make me realise (for the umpteenth time) just how much knowledge of the human mind, elegance and fleetness of expression there is in these books.
This first chapter shows us how Jack is coping with his dismissal from the navy. The extra dimension to our familiar conflicts between Jack and Stephen with regard to catching the tide in that Stephen now owns the ship. This is a fact which Jack knows only with the very uppermost tip of his mind.
Stephen’s moral attitude to his sudden vast wealth and it's impact on him. His amusement at seeing the almost opposite impact of far more modest wealth on his friend Martin.
Oh yes its good to be back reading O'Brian again.
If you haven't tried them then you owe it to yourself to give them a go.
Must go - which that vittles is up. 4.5 out of 5