H.M.S. Surprise - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

Back in England Maturin recovers his health through sheer force of will. He brushes aside various folk remedies and instead takes the hot waters of Bath; he also makes his desire for a hot, humid climate well-known. As he recovers his health he is visited by Sir Joseph and Mr. Waring who take down his statement regarding his captivity with the French. Bonden and Killick remain with Stephen for Aubrey has been cast into debtor's prison for defaulting on loans. When news of Aubrey's financial situation reaches the Williams household, Mrs. Williams forbids Sophie of having further contact with him—a decree which Sophie subtly ignores.

Sir Joseph informs Maturin of his retirement; he will be replaced by one Mr. Waring. Stephen is amazed but pleased with the choice of Sir Joseph's successor. In the meantime Maturin arranges for Fanshaw—Aubrey's...

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