Chapters 1 and 2* One hundred and fifty-seven British seamen are marooned on an unnamed island in the South China Sea. * They are the survivors of the wreck of HMS Diane. * Many tools and supplies are salvaged and the men are building a schooner to escape the island. * The castaway's camp is well-organized by Welby, who throws up defensive breastwork and tactical improvements. * The men hunt, fish and play cricket in addition to working on the schooner. * Maturin finds a cave full of swifts' nests for soup but contracts a tropical fever which lays him out for a few days. * Maturin wakes to discover a Dyak woman named Kesegaran in the camp inspecting various things. * Kesegaran gains favor with the common seamen by her tendency to expose much of her body. * Maturin asks Kesegaran to carry a message to Batavia and she agrees, though Maturin is suspicious. * Maturin discusses with...
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