Ship Fever - The English Pupil Summary & Analysis

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The English Pupil Summary

The historical person Carl Linnaeus, known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linn√©, is the protagonist of the story set in December of 1777 about one month before Linnaeus' death. In the story, Linnaeus is crippled by age and senile; a series of strokes has left him mostly paralyzed and fairly unable to speak. He nevertheless manages to talk a servant into bundling him into a horse sleigh and taking him to Hammarby, his favored estate in Sweden. On the voyage, Linnaeus reflects on his life in a series of chaotic and usually unlinked reminiscences. He recalls his wife, Sara Lisa, as a shrewish woman. His living son, Carl Jr., is lazy and indolent; his daughters are like their mother except for the youngest, Sophia, who dotes on Linnaeus but is also engaged or married—he cannot remember which...

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