The Sea-Wolf - Study Guide Chapter 38 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 38 Summary

Hump and Brewster complete the final rigging of the ship. Hump, realizing that the ship will be difficult to crew by himself, elects to leave the topmasts unstepped and lashes them to the deck. He then bends on a set of three crudely patched sails that will function. The whole process takes several days, and throughout the entire period, while Larsen slowly dies in the hold, Hump and Brewster flirtatiously converse and openly admire one another's determination and handiwork. Larsen continues to slowly decline and eventually becomes completely paralyzed. His fully cognizant mind loses nearly all communication with his body.

Chapter 38 Analysis

Chapter 38 concludes the prolonged marooning of Hump and Brewster that began in Chapter 28 - notably the only chapters in the novel which take place on land. Since Chapter 26, the characters have been endeavoring to be free of Larsen's tyranny, and finally they have accomplished their...

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