Mellville's Billy Budd
Any landsman observing this gentleman not consipicuous by his stature
and wearing no pronounced insignia, emerging from his cabin retreat to the open deck, and
noting the silent deference of the officers retiring to leeward, might have taken him for
the King's guest, a civilian aboard the King's-ship, some highly honorable discreet envoy
on his way to an important post. But in fact this unobtrusiveness of demeanor may have
proceeded from a certain unaffected modesty of manhood sometimes accompanying a resolute
nature, a modesty evinced at all times not calling for pronounced action, and which shown
in any rank of life suggests a virtue aristocratic in kind."
More later, I need to check out this book and read through it again for quotes! Mellville's long but good, a sophisticated writer.