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The System of the World - Book 6: Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Book 6: Chapter 17 Summary

Sloop, Atlanta, Gravesend

Daniel explains to Colonel Barnes, captain of the Atlanta, why Sir Isaac does not want German influence to rule England. This clarifies Barnes' incorrect assumption that Sir Isaac is a Jacobite, which leads the pair to talk about gravity and the moon's influence on Leibniz and Sir Isaac's relationship.

Book 6: Chapter 17 Analysis

Daniel feels obliged to explain Sir Isaac's beliefs to Barnes so he can understand exactly who Sir Isaac is. Daniel believes misunderstandings can cause significant problems later, so he sets the Colonel straight. When Daniel is satisfied with their discussion and that the Colonel has no further questions, they move onto other topics surrounding Sir Isaac and Leibniz's association.

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