Scrubbing the decks

James Wordie, Alfred Cheetam, Alexander Macklin

“…it fell to my unwilling lot to go down on my knees and scrub the passages. I am able to put aside pride of caste in most things but I must say that I think scrubbing floors is not fair work for people who have been brought up in refinement.

“On the other hand I think that under the present circumstances it has a desirable purpose as a disciplinary measure it humbles one & knocks out of one any last remnants of false pride… & for this reason I do it voluntarily and without being asked but always with mingled feelings of revulsion and self abnegation.

“These soliloquies are not of much interest but appreciative ravings about the pack are likely to become monotonous as the pack itself.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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