Blood on the River - Chapters 5 - 6 Summary & Analysis

Elisa Carbone
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No harm comes to Capt. Smith, and the ships stop at the Canary Islands for water. They head out for the West Indies. Capt. Smith is now chained only by his ankles, and writes an account of the journey. He asks Samuel about how he learned to read, and Samuel shares how his mother taught him, and that she herself was taught by the son of their landlord. This noble's son gave her the locket when she turned thirteen years old. He was sent away when their relationship was discovered.

When Samuel wonders how Capt. Smith can remain so calm in the face of his imprisonment and write, Smith tells him that he is imitating what Julius Caesar did when he was in prison. Because he has retained his dignity, he has gained the respect of the other passengers, who now question Wingfield's...

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