The Emigrants - Chapter 17, The Ship Was Covered With Waves Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17, The Ship Was Covered With Waves Summary

In Chapter 17, Charlotta experiences the first storm on the North Sea. In the middle of the storm Robert wakes up when his brother's body rolls onto him, immediately remembering the word 'dead sea' he is learning. He gets up but he is unable to maintain balance. Feeling dizzy he goes back to bed, where he can't breath or sleep as Karl Oscar's body rolls over his. Jonas Petter above him vomits. Robert remembers again how he drowned the cat, thinking that this is his punishment, and confessing to Karl about it. He tries to go out, but the sack is sewn. Karl Oscar drags him back inside.

Kristina thinks she is swinging but cannot jump off. She fears they are sinking, vomits, but is too weak to reach for the water. Other children wake her...

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