Brigid Maturin

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Brigid Maturin is the only child of Stephen Maturin and his wife Diana. She was born while Maturin was at sea during the period of The Thirteen-Gun Salute. He joyfully learns of her birth on arrival in Sydney in The Nutmeg of Consolation (novel). As a baby and young child, she is very unresponsive to other people, some readers consider this a form of autism. This behaviour causes her mother Diana, to abandon her to the care of Clarissa Oakes and Padeen Colman as she feels unable to bond and be a mother to such an unusual child.

Under Padeen's care, she learns to speak Irish and she starts to develop into a bright and friendly child. She particularly enjoys sea voyages.

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