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The System of the World - Book 6: Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Book 6: Chapter 16 Summary

Lieutenants' lodgings, the Tower of London

Lord Gy, a Scottish nobleman also known as Rufus MacIan, murders Lt. Throwley, a Yeoman guard from the Tower of London. This graphic event takes place as they argue over Lord Gy's association with Jack Ketch, a man of questionable integrity.

Book 6: Chapter 16 Analysis

While no explanation is given to whom Jack Ketch is, the reader is led to assume this person may be the person Sir Isaac seeks. The reader discovers much later in the story that Jack Ketch is the Royal Executioner. While Stephenson has described the fight scene in explicit detail, he does not offer any details of Ketch's background. The reader, however, is given a complex introduction and personal history for another new character, Lord Gy, a Scottish noble and volatile man.

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