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Consider the overall narrative structure in the novel and describe the basic plot—that is, what happens in the novel? Most of the novels in the series feature nautical combat. Is the lack of a naval combat scene damaging to the narrative?

Consider the character of Edward Fox. He comes highly recommended and proves capable enough, but he is marred by a gross excess of pride and arrogance. What things appear to exacerbate Fox's arrogance? Could such a man ever be successful at a life at sea? Why or why not?

The opening chapters of the novel introduce the character of Standish, who briefly serves as Surprise's purser. In another scene Robert Gough is introduced at considerable length. Both men quickly vanish from the narrative and are apparently insignificant characters. Why are the men presented in the novel? How do they reflect or support seemingly unrelated...

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