Suffice it to say, Ahab doesn't do smiling. It's all lashing, shouted commands of "avast behind" and "there she blows", wind, spume and whales in 'Moby Dick'.
And, indeed, Paddy added that Brown should "never, never smile".
Unfortunately Brown then went and broke the spell and smiled - or gurned. And the rest is (recent) history.
The crying shame is that a couple of Brown's reforms to Commons expenses were relatively ground-breaking - i.e. receipts for everything and staff to be employed by the Commons authorities and not MPs. But Brown managed to make a pig's ear of them all the same. He has what John Smith called (when berating John Major) the "