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Billy Budd Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 2 Summary

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Chapter 2 Summary

Billy actually looks younger than his 21 years. The narrator describes him as being a fine physical example of unadulterated Saxon features, "in fact that humane look of reposeful good nature which the Greek sculptor in some instances gave to his heroic strong man, Hercules." When asked where he was born and who his father was, Billy straightforwardly reveals that he was a foundling. The narrator suggests that he appears to be of noble descent.

In his new environment, he proceeds with the same unselfconsciousness that had made him so popular on the Rights-of-Man although this is a much more complicated and experienced group of sailors. Inexperienced as he is, he seems unaware that some of the older, more seasoned crew members are not quite so enthusiastic about his presence aboard their vessel as were those on the merchant ship. As perfect as this Handsome Sailor seems, he...

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