Understatement as art

[Radio 5]
Interviewer: I suppose one of the questions people of my generation always ask your generation is, weren’t you all very frightened?
Veteran Merchant Seaman: No, no, not frightened… It went on too long for that… Of course, there were moments of concern.
Interviewer: I expect one of those ‘moments of concern’ was when your ship was torpedoed just leaving Gibraltar carrying thousands of tons of ammunition and petrol?
VMS: Yes, we had to evacuate pretty quickly…



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