"like Captain Oates had hidden his foot"

Lawrence Oates
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Captain Lawrence Oates was known as Titus by his companions, after the 17th Century perjurer, Titus Oates, who fabricated the "Popish Plot", a supposed Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II. Captain Oates was a member of Scott’s summit party. Following the death of Evans, Scott and his companions were making a desperate lunge to get to their last depot of rations, amidst terrible weather. Oates had a badly frostbitten foot and, worried he was slowing down the team and might thereby cause their death, in a classic action of self-sacrifice and courage, he headed out into the blizzard to die, uttering the now immortal lines: “I am just going outside and may be some time”.


Scott Tent in a blizzard - I may be some time....
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