“Was it you, Salvagee! that outward bound, off Cape Horn, looked at Hermit Island through an Opera Glass? Was it you, who thought of proposing to the Captain, that when the sails were furled in a gale, a few drops of lavender should be dropped in their “bunts” so that when the canvass was set again, your nostrils might not be offended by its musty smell? I don’t say it was you, Salvagee; I but deferentially inquire.”
Herman Melville - White Jacket
Makes me laugh each time I read it.