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Originally the novel was titled CLARISSA OAKES; the subsequent United States publication was titled THE TRUELOVE. How does the change in title alter the experience of reading the book? Which title is more appropriate and why?

When Aubrey and Pullings first discover Clarissa as a stowaway, Aubrey appears undisturbed and continues his inspection as if nothing untoward had occurred. How do you explain Aubrey's reaction?

When Surprise approaches Norfolk Island Aubrey sends Bonden ashore to ascertain whether a landing is possible. Maturin hypothesizes an unspoken understanding passes between Aubrey and Bonden prior to Bonden's departure. Do you think Bonden understood Aubrey's desire to retain Oakes and Clarissa aboard Surprise?

During the lengthy voyage Martin comes to burn with desire for Clarissa and, knowing that she would accommodate him, deliberately distances himself from her. On the other hand, both West and Davidge engage in sexual...

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