The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 26 Summary & Analysis

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While Oofty-Oofty assists, Hump tends to the many frightful wounds of the sailors. Larsen plies them with plentiful whisky, and a drunken saturnalia ensues. Hump then joins Larsen and Brewster for dinner and finds them in an animated discussion on the nature of temptation and the soul. Predictably, Larsen is purely materialistic, and Brewster is completely idealistic. Hump takes the middle road and thereby ends the discussion. Larsen then turns the conversation to love, and Hump watches first the man he fears and then the woman he loves as the conversation develops without his assistance. Larsen is obviously taken by Brewster, who seems, for her own part, impassioned and lively. After dinner, Brewster retires to her cabin. Larsen tells Hump to turn in and relieve him at the helm in several hours. Hump goes to his berth and falls asleep.

Hump awakens with a start and feels...

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