Happy Captain Blood Day!

September 19, 2007

Today is September 19th, which means that it’s also Captan Blood Day, a holiday of my own invention.

See, a number of years ago, after a rereading of Captain Blood, the fact that Peter Blood is tried for treason on the 19th of September stuck in my mind, and I began to notice lots of other things that happened on the 19th. And, you know, the more things you remember in connection with a date, the easier it is to remember. So I figured, since I remember it, why shouldn’t I celebrate it? Captain Blood certainly deserves to be celebrated.

One of the other things that happens on September 19th, although it didn’t when I conceived of Captain Blood Day, is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I don’t particularly want to go around inserting “avast” and “matey” into random sentence, but I have no objection to speaking like a pirate — if that pirate is Peter Blood. And if I ever have a chance to tell someone who’s condemning me to death that they’re dying an a particularly slow and painful way themselves, I certainly will.

The best comeback ever:

“Faith, it’s in better case I am for mirth than your lordship. For
I have this to say before you deliver judgment. Your lordship sees
me – an innocent man whose only offence is that I practised charity
– with a halter round my neck. Your lordship, being the justiciar,
speaks with knowledge of what is to come to me. I, being a physician,
may speak with knowledge of what is to come to your lordship. And I
tell you that I would not now change places with you – that I would
not exchange this halter that you fling about my neck for the stone
that you carry in your body. The death to which you may doom me is
a light pleasantry by contrast with the death to which your lordship
has been doomed by that Great Judge with whose name your lordship
makes so free.”


  1. Even before I saw the quote you picked, the idea of “talk like a pirate… if he’s Peter Blood” day had me thinking that I should start all my sentences with “faith” today.

    And yeah, that’s definitely one of the greatest moments in the book.

    I shall do all that I can to spread the wonder that is Captain Blood Day.

  2. (P.S. Just lettin’ you know that your link to me in the blogroll isn’t working. Just a simple typo is all.)

  3. Fixed the link.

    There should be a Talk Like a Sabatini Character Day. Or days. Maybe, like, alternate Tuesdays or something. I would talk like Andre-Louis Moreau all the time.

  4. Or a Talk Like Van der Kuylen from the very end of Captain Blood Day! That one would be a head-scratcher.

  5. That would be really funny, but perhaps more trouble than it was worth.

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