On the Beach - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9 Summary

It's Tuesday and the radio has announced the first cases of radiation sickness in the city. Mary is worried Peter will catch it when he goes to the city and offers him formalin lozenges. He will be careful. Peter knows now it is down to hours now, not days. He knows his trip to town will be the last of his Naval career.

Peter meets with Dwight, who is cheerful. His secretary is out for the day and another officer has not shown up for their meeting. Dwight tells them he is now the senior executive officer of the U. S. Navy and that he is taking his ship out of the command of the Australian Navy. The Australian admiral understands and offers any services they need. He tells them he is taking the submarine out to Bass Straits to sink her. Peter...

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