The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 22 Summary

Some time later, Brewster approaches Hump on deck, and they have a hushed private conversation. She expresses outrage that Larsen should be so evil to the men and urges Hump to take decisive action. Hump establishes his inability to effect meaningful change by summarizing Larsen's own arguments. In essence, Hump states that he has two options - do nothing and survive, or attempt futile change and die. Brewster seems to quickly accept Hump's appraisal, and the two characters then enter into an agreement of mutual support. Hump advises Brewster that she should pretend to enjoy Larsen's company and inconsequential advances while simultaneously expecting the worse human behavior imaginable. He also advises her to treat him, Hump, with indifference. Brewster agrees, and their brief conversation is interrupted by Larsen's approach.

Chapter 22 Analysis

This brief chapter introduces the fundamental agreement between Brewster and Hump that will shape the remainder...

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