Master and Commander - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

In the beginning of this chapter, we look at a copy of the Sophie's log, its typically boring details including the strange death of Henry Gouges, who died holding a drought of grog on his fiftieth birthday. This preceded a remarkable bit of seamanship in which the sailors of the Sophie road out giant waves from a southeasterly storm. As Stephen, who has been quite terrified by the storm, mounts the deck, they see a ship in the far distance.

As the ship approaches, they find it to be a plague ship, initiating a fearful confrontation between Jack and Stephen, for Jack refuses to let Stephen help the survivors. Stephen is appalled by his lack of compassion even after hearing his tale of potential quarantine at Mahon. The log does not note that Stephen waved his fist at Captain Aubrey nor probably that...

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