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Re: An Informed Opinion about the Bounty
Specially if, as it was stated by the OP, the Captain was a friend of his.
I can easily dispense such a kind of friends
There is an old expression/question in response when someone asks a "friend" for an opinion. "Do you want the truth (i.e. my honest opinion) or do you want to stay friends?"
A "true" friend will tell their friend the truth if it is in the friend's best interest even tho' it may be hurtful/disappointing/undesired. Sometimes, the "truth" is hurtful. But. The consequences of untruth, even moreso.
Where there are no adverse consequences, one can argue that leavening the "truth" is acceptable social courtesy ("Why shoot, you don't look a day over 35"
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."