The Island of Dr. Moreau

Captain Davis Character Analysis

Davis is the captain of the Ipecacuanha, the ship which Montgomery and M’ling are traveling aboard when they rescue Prendick. Davis is a raging drunk and a tyrant. He declares that he is the “law and prophets” aboard his own ship and thus can do whatever he wants, including abusing M’ling and setting Prendick adrift in the ocean.

Captain Davis Quotes in The Island of Dr. Moreau

The The Island of Dr. Moreau quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Davis or refer to Captain Davis. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The Island of Dr. Moreau published in 1996.
Chapter 3 Quotes

But certainly when I told the captain to shut up I had forgotten I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources, and with my fare unpaid, a mere casual dependent on the bounty—or speculative enterprise—of the ship. He reminded me of it with considerable vigor. But at any rate I prevented a fight.

Page Number: 10
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Captain Davis Character Timeline in The Island of Dr. Moreau

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Davis appears in The Island of Dr. Moreau. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Man Who Was Going Nowhere
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...they are aboard a small trading ship called the Ipecacuanha, helmed by a fool named Davis. Somewhere above, the narrator can hear what sounds like snarling dogs and the gruff voice... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Strange Face
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As they are speaking, the strange-looking man appears, followed by the captain, Davis, who is cursing and shouting and hits the man hard enough to knock him... (full context)
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Morality, Survival, and Circumstance Theme Icon
As Davis is complaining about how much he and his crew despise the strange-looking man and how... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Landing on the Island
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...off-loaded onto a smaller boat that will take them ashore to the island, the still-drunken captain demands that Prendick must leave his ship as well. Montgomery has been joined by a... (full context)