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Unnamed section, p. 31 Summary and Analysis

On the first night, the expedition party is reluctant to go below, and they stay out to look at the stars and take their turns at the helm. While the Western Flyer is traveling south to its destination, the boat sails night and day. Tony comments on the behavior of the waves, and corrects course effortlessly, anticipating all the factors that may effect their movement. The others feel some pressure when it is their turn at the wheel, especially when Tony is watching. Although he seldom corrects anyone, his deep appreciation for truth in all things requires that the course be maintained as perfectly as possible.

Steinbeck discusses all the factors that may affect one's course and ability to navigate, including waves, currents, wind, the vessel itself, and the abilities of those who sail it. Trying to...

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