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  1. Rec 2

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    James bit into a laden slice of toast with the undamaged side of his mouth. “I thought we agreed that thinking was very dangerous,” he said, and though his voice was light Francis could feel a weight behind it. It was a weight made up of sleepless nights and crying jags; of Francis punching a solid wall and of James shouting himself hoarse; of the unbearable social calls and wrenching letters and pitying looks which they could not avoid. They carried a great many heavy things with them, now.

    London, 1848: Francis and James try to put themselves back together.

    Chapter 2: When Francis returned to James with a gin and tonic and a lemon water for himself, he was confronted by the sight of silver-haired, gold-toothed Le Vesconte occupying the chair next to James. This was as expected, but did not improve his mood any.

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    20 Sep 2021

  2. Rec 3

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    What was a scar, then, other than proof that one had survived? That he’d survived the pain and blood and tears, and risen up again to live another day?

    James reflects on the miracle of his recovery.

    (Also, on his unslakeable thirst for Francis Crozier.)

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    20 Sep 2021

  3. Rec 4

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    “What would good Sir John say, if he knew what obscenities occupied your mind? If only Sir John could see you now, the spectacle you make of yourself, displayed here, dripping with my spend and still begging to be used.”

    Francis has so few delights these days. The particular rosy blush that comes over James’s face when embarrassment knifes through him is one of them, and Francis seeks it unsparingly.

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    Just six weeks into the voyage, Francis and James have fallen into a certain easy understanding—but it's not made to last.

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    18 Sep 2021

  4. Rec 3

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    The long and the short of it was: Francis had grown a moustache. It looked terrible. It made James want to rip off his clothes. It made no sense. He could not allow this to continue.

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    18 Sep 2021

  5. Rec 2

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    The town of Erebus is dying. The mine's dried up, trains are few and far between, and the churchyard has more graves than there are people in town. Then the weather shifts—a foreboding grey-blue line on the horizon promising an early, brutal winter.

    And there are monsters in the woods.

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    16 Sep 2021