• Touch and away, Jack?’ asked Stephen. ‘Touch and away? Do you not recall that I have important business there? Enquiries of the very first interest?’ To do with our enterprise? To do with this voyage?’ Perhaps not quite directly.

    Patrick O'Brian (2000). “Blue at the Mizzen (Vol. Book 20) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)”, p.121, W. W. Norton & Company