The Sea-Wolf

by

Jack London

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George Leach Character Analysis

George Leach is a young sailor on Wolf Larsen’s vessel the Ghost. He becomes dissatisfied with life aboard the Ghost, particularly after witnessing Johnson be severely beaten. Eventually, he and Johnson attempt a mutiny against Wolf Larsen, but it fails. Leach and Johnson try to escape, but Wolf Larsen catches them, leaving them behind to die at sea.

George Leach Quotes in The Sea-Wolf

The The Sea-Wolf quotes below are all either spoken by George Leach or refer to George Leach. 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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Chapter 12 Quotes

The last twenty-four hours have witnessed a carnival of brutality. From cabin to forecastle it seems to have broken out like a contagion.

Page Number: 72
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Then Wolf Larsen’s other hand reached up and clutched the edge of the scuttle. The mass swung clear of the ladder, the men still clinging to their escaping foe. They began to drop off, to be brushed off against the sharp edge of the scuttle, to be knocked off by the legs which were now kicking powerfully.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen, Johnson, Johansen, George Leach
Page Number: 90
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Chapter 18 Quotes

She seemed to me like a being from another world. I was aware of a hungry out-reaching for her, as of a starving man for bread. But then, I had not seen a woman for a very long time. I know that I was lost in a great wonder, almost a stupor,—this, then, was a woman?—so that I forgot myself and my mate’s duties, and took no part in helping the new-comers aboard.

Page Number: 116
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“I was not thinking of taking them aboard when I made that promise,” he answered. “And anyway, you’ll agree I’ve not laid my hands upon them.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden , Johnson, George Leach
Page Number: 124
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George Leach Character Timeline in The Sea-Wolf

The timeline below shows where the character George Leach appears in The Sea-Wolf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Self-Reliance and Maturation Theme Icon
Materialism vs. Idealism Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...Mugridge, who brings out a cabin boy. The cabin boy gives his name as George Leach but seems to be lying. Wolf Larsen orders the cabin boy around, and the narrator... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Johnson is so bloody that he’s almost unrecognizable. The cabin boy Leach does what he can to treat Johnson’s wounds. Leach gets angry at Wolf Larsen, becoming... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...serious injuries from the earlier fight. Johnsen is meek around Wolf Larsen and Johansen, but Leach remains defiant. (full context)
Chapter 14
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Wolf Larsen goes down to check on which sailors are asleep. Leach knows that he will be caught awake, so he leaps on Wolf Larsen; Johnson joins... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Leach, Johnson, and the other mutinying sailors wonder what to do next now that Wolf Larsen... (full context)
Chapter 16
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After the failed mutiny, Johnson is melancholic but Leach holds on to some of his fury. Either would have killed Wolf Larsen, but neither... (full context)
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
The Ghost arrives at the seal-hunting grounds, where it’ll remain for three or four months. Leach tells Van Weyden that if he ever makes it back to San Francisco, he should... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
...to be a sailor, particularly during periods when Wolf Larsen has a headache. One day, Leach approaches Van Weyden in secret and asks him how far off the coast they are.... (full context)
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Furious, Wolf Larsen chases after Leach and Johnson, who have escaped. They come upon a boat, and Van Weyden is so... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Materialism vs. Idealism Theme Icon
Survival of the Fittest Theme Icon
Love, Duty, and Choice Theme Icon
Later, Wolf Larsen catches Leach and Johnson in their small escape boat. Van Weyden learns that the four men and... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Maud Brewster accuses Van Weyden of standing by while two men (Leach and Johnson) were murdered (Wolf Larsen left them to drown.) Van Weyden asks what he... (full context)