The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Over the subsequent days, Larsen demands the formal etiquette of the sea for Hump, and he becomes Mr. Van Weyden, even though most of the crew views him as somewhat of a joke. Hump relies on Louis's experience to actually run the ship according to Larsen's orders. Hump comes to enjoy this pleasant interlude even as Larsen's cruelty and petty behavior turns the ship into a so-called hell-ship for the remaining crew. Johnson and Leach await any opportunity to escape or murder Larsen, but no such opportunities come. Larsen remarks to Hump, after narrowly avoiding a marlinspike dropped from seventy feet, that he finds the direct confrontation enervating and exciting. Hump considers that he should join with the mutinous crew, but they warn him away. The Ghost finally approaches land, and Larsen threatens Leach with eventual death. He suggests that Johnson should fling himself overboard. While watering...

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