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O'Brian on the power of novels

Brian O'Patrick

I'm looking for a passage from one of the books where O'Brian, through Stephen Maturin, reflects on the wonderful ability of novels to plumb the depths of what it means to be human, much more effectively than any textbook or factual treatise can.  My fervent hope is that someone here will say, "Oh, sure, that's right here."  I need it for a literacy narrative in school.  It isn't the end of the world (nor even The Far Side of the World lol) if I can't find the passage, but it would certainly be nice to have since it perfectly supports a point I'm making.

Thank you in advance,


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