The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Ghost finally reaches the coast of Japan and encounters migrating seal herds. A great slaughter of seals begins, and many sealskins are brought on board. Hump begins to realize that he is emerging from what he calls the "realm of mind and idea" into the "world of the real," which is exemplified by Larsen's dominating lust for life and self-determination.

Day after day, the six seal boats are lowered and sail away, fanning out in pursuit of seals while Hump, Larsen and Mugridge remain alone on the boat. Hump eventually becomes fairly proficient at hauling line and setting sails. One day after the boats have pulled away, Larsen predicts a storm. Larsen runs Ghost toward the distant boats, but they do not reach them before the storm breaks. The wind and waves quickly mount and begin to pound Ghost, flogging many sails into...

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