"I laughed, and went on with my egg."
You are kidding yourself if you think that this is swashbuckling.
It's technically true -- which is the best kind of truth!
NO HOUSE NO GOTHIC
On the one hand, it is unlikely that three hundred years in the future, a group of space marauders is going to rely on the same profanity as twenty-first-century North Americans. But on the other hand, everything else sounds worse.
Newton’s science and Hume’s imagination :(
Who knew locks worked in Hell?
It's okay for the story to be poignant some of the time but it's not a sad story. He can't have dementia or anything, he's not deluded about being a young astronaut, okay. And it's not a commentary on the "decline of empire" after the space race, that's important.
"We ate tomato en gelée, and lobster, and alligator pears—the preposterous sort of meal women order when they are dining together."
"Call me Pigly," Pigly said.