Above our heads the explosive booming gusts of wind passed continuously, justifying the sailor's saying "It blows great guns." And just from that need of human companionship, being very close to the man, I said, or rather shouted:
"Ay, and if it blows only a little harder things will begin to go.
'There are many pleasanter places even in this dreary world, than Marlborough Downs when it blows
hard; and if you throw in beside, a gloomy winter's evening, a miry and sloppy road, and a pelting fall of heavy rain, and try the effect, by way of experiment, in your own proper person, you will experience the full force of this observation.
If it blows
like this again, anything under par is a great score; and if it doesn't, then who knows what's going to happen."