The captain received the commanding officer, the lieutenants messed
in the gun- room, and we had the pleasure of entertaining the ensigns.
" Come, Stirling," said the previous questioner, " the thing's been messed
so that we've got to go into convention with just the right man to rally the delegates.
But when Bullard forgot his fears in his sleep, he remembered the answer- and got it so messed
up with his dream and his new place as a hero that my complaint tipped the balance.