Ships That Pass In The Night (Mary Renault story)

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Title: Ships That Pass In The Night
Author(s): toujours_nigel
Date(s): 25 November 2009
Length: 1098 words
Genre: crossover, backstory
Fandom: Mary Renault, E. M. Forster's Maurice
External Links: archived on MRF

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"Ships That Pass In The Night" is a short story by toujours_nigel that is a crossover between Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer and E. M. Forster's posthumously published novel Maurice. It is set during a summer holiday when Ralph Lanyon is still at school.


Ralph is crewing on board a ship captained by Maurice Hall. The latter has spotted both Ralph's homosexuality and the fact that a younger boy on board, Peter Thompson, has developed a crush on him.


That Ralph enjoyed a working holiday aboard ship is canon, mentioned briefly in Chapter Two of The Charioteer.


Comments on the story included the following:

  • "That was terrific. Very entertaining and thoughtful story."—comment by heartofoshun
  • "Oooh. I love your title, all punning aside. This is totally the way the two would act, too. Very nice."—comment by elaineofshalott