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: A man of war does not come to life until it's in action. Will we acquit ourselves well? Or badly?
What kind of a weapon have we forged? And when the time comes, will I know how to use it? Claggert is a force for order, Mr. Seymour — a force for order I must have.
: Sir, if he should be opposed to Budd's promotion?
: You know Seymour, there are some men who cannot stand too much perfection. They see it as a … as a disease, thus which must be stamped out at it's first rash showing.