1. What do Sparky. Hurst and Attercliffe do while they wait for Musgrave?
Hurst and Attercliffe play cards as Sparky keeps watch, wondering how long "Black Jack Musgrave". Finally, Sparky sings a song about desertion.
2. What do the Bargee and Musgrave talk about as they prepare to cast off?
Musgrave and the Bargee talk about the second Gatling gun and how this is the soldiers' first visit to the coal mining north country. The Bargee says the north is cold and bleak, but Musgrave says it doesn't matter, the soldiers have their duty.
3. What are Mrs. Hitchcock and the Parson's opinion of the strike?
Mrs. Hitchcock, the pub's landlady, tries to convince the Parson to intervene in a local coal miner's strike. She tells him that the men not working are ruining both her business and the town. The Parson says that in times of difficulty it's better people stay sober, and suggests the authorities close all the pubs.
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