To grapple with this rigour one should have fed all one's life on blubber.
Them chaps, whoever they are, have been killing seals and boiling the blubber.
The skins were needed for boots, the flesh for dog food, and the blubber for oil.
So he winked, too, at his mother, and tried to blubber a "thank you."
Then he begins to blubber, and leak brine, and take on like a woman ...