A former military captain who finds Mack and “the boys” on his property when they’re on their frog-collecting expedition. At first, the Captain appears with a shotgun and tells the gang to get off his land. However, Mack soon takes an interest in the Captain’s dog, a Pointer with a wound on her leg. Flattering the Captain with compliments about his military service, Mack establishes a connection with him by paying attention to his dog. In response, the Captain invites the entire group of men back to his house, telling them they can raid his personal pond for frogs. Once inside his house, Mack treats the Pointer, and the Captain gives everyone whiskey. The group becomes drunk, and the Captain helps them capture roughly one thousand frogs. Because the Captain’s wife is a politician who is often out of town, he has become a rather lonely man. This is why he ends up welcoming Mack and “the boys” with open arms, glad for a chance to socialize. Eventually, though, he passes out after accidentally burning his wife’s curtains, and Mack and the gang decide they ought to leave before he wakes up.
The Captain Character Timeline in Cannery Row
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