The Wisdom of Stephen Maturin

‘People say unkind things about Lord Sandwich,’ observed Stephen as they sat down, ‘but I think mankind is very much in his debt for that genial invention . . .’
– Stephen Maturin in The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’Brian

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Full context:
‘If the gentlemen would like to eat their dinner while it’s hot,” said Sir Joseph’s housekeeper in a carefully restrained voice, ‘perhaps they will come now.’

‘Heavens, Mrs. Barlow,’ said Sir Joseph, peering at the clock behind a heap of preserved serpents, ‘I am afraid we are late.’

‘Could we not eat it in our hand?’ asked Stephen. ‘Like a sandwich?’

‘No, sir, you could not,’ said Mrs. Barlow. ‘A souffle is not a sandwich. Though it may be very like a pancake if you do not come directly.’

‘People say unkind things about Lord Sandwich,’ observed Stephen as they sat down, ‘but I think mankind is very much in his debt for that genial invention: and in any event he was an excellent good friend to Banks.’

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