The Sea-Wolf - Chapter 37 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 37 Summary

Hump and Brewster manage to step the first mast. Larsen has become paralyzed on one side of his body. He resolutely defies the existence of his soul, instead maintaining to Hump that death is the end of a man. Hump observes that Larsen exists in a sort of living death - still alive and possessed of all his faculties but entrapped by a slowly dying body. Larsen explains that his attempt to murder Hump was an attempt to still be the largest yeasty particle in the boiling ferment of life. Hump suggests that Larsen's frequent headaches were symptoms of the problem, and Larsen speculates that he must have some type of brain tumor. He suffers further collapses and eventually loses his ability to speak, even as his once-strong body becomes weak. Hump supplies paper and pencil, and the fully cognizant Larsen often writes his thoughts as he...

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