On the Beach - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3 Summary

The U.S.S. Scorpion surfaced in Queensland; they had been submerged for a week. They came upon a derelict tanker, no life aboard. John Osborne's radiation readings will be all they can report on. They did see one dog alive. Everywhere they went the land looked completely normal, except there was no life anywhere. Wherever they went, they called out to the shore from a microphone mounted on the periscope. Apart from the radiation readings, they learned nothing on this trip. They speculated that people went to their beds to die; they could see no bodies lying around the grounds: "...when the end had come the people had died tidily." They recall this is what the Swordfish found on its North Atlantic journey. They reflected on the fact that the men in that submarine are the last people to ever see the...

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