The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 10 Summary & Analysis

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Hump continues to develop a relationship with Larsen. One day, Larsen develops a headache that persists for days, but he emerges from his illness with a flurry of activity. Larsen explains that he has developed a complex navigational aid that will establish position without complex mathematics. He shows Hump a template that, placed on a map, allows the crewmen to determine their coordinates. Hump does not completely understand the mathematics involved. A discussion about education ensues, and Larsen states that he is entirely self-educated.

Larsen, a Dane, was born aboard ship near the coast of Norway and spent his entire life as a sailor. He has wished for opportunity but found none, and he compares himself to a Biblical parable about sowing, noting that he, Larsen, is a seed that fell on rocky ground without adequate sustenance. Larsen remembers growing up as an abused cabin boy and...

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