'There you are, Stephen', he cried. 'Good morning to you. I did not look to see you yet awhile, and I am sorry to say I have ate the last of the bacon. The dish was completely empty before I was aware.'
‘It is always the same old squalid tale,’ said Stephen. ‘May I at least hope there is a tint of coffee left?
‘Had you shown a leg sooner, you would have saved your bacon,’ said Jack. ‘Ha, ha, ha, Stephen: did you hear that? Saved your bacon: it came to me in a flash.’
‘Sure there is nothing like spontaneous wit,’ said Stephen.
Patrick O’Brian, The Surgeon’s Mate (via colourscience)
Oh, likely story Jack. Likely story. You just got greedy and now Stephen can’t have any bacon and you’re trying to save yourself with a pun!