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The Sea-Wolf - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

The formerly obsequious Mugridge is now superior in position to Hump, the cabin boy. Mugridge treats Hump in a completely domineering fashion and begins to order him about. Hump is sent on deck to take tea to Larsen. While traversing the deck, he is bowled over by an enormous boarding sea and is driven into the lee scuppers, where he sustains a serious injury to his knee. The crew is not compassionate; in fact, they seem to take delight in Hump's injury. Larsen responds to the display of clumsiness by assigning the nickname Hump to the newest crewman. In a later soliloquy, Hump contrasts his refined upbringing as a cultured dilettante to the rough seamen who have no perceptible intellect or manners, and he despairs of his situation.

Chapter 4 Analysis

The change in Mugridge's behavior is remarkable. Hump is no longer a refined gentleman guest with skin...

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