The Sea-Wolf

by

Jack London

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Humphrey Van Weyden Character Analysis

Humphrey Van Weyden, the narrator of The Sea-Wolf, is a wealthy intellectual and literary critic in his thirties who. After a ferry collision leaves Van Weyden stranded at sea, Wolf Larsen, the fearsome seal-hunting captain of the Ghost, rescues Van Weyden, forcing him to join the Ghost’s. Eventually, Van Weyden falls in love with Maud Brewster, a poet Wolf Larson also rescues from a wreck and forces to stay aboard his ship. At the beginning of the story, Van Weyden isn’t used to hard, physical labor—he has notably soft hands , which contrast with the calloused hands of the sailors around him. He begins at the lowliest position on the Ghost, forced to take orders even from the cook, Thomas Mugridge. As time passes, however, Van Weyden becomes more skilled as a sailor and more confident in his abilities. Van Weyden has a strange relationship with Wolf Larsen. While Larsen’s masculinity, strength, and surprisingly large collection of books fascinate Van Weyden, he’s immensely fearful of Larsen’s unpredictable bad moods. By the end of the book, the relationship between Van Weyden and Wolf Larsen has become openly adversarial, with Larsen trying to kill Van Weyden. Despite Larsen’s actions, though, Van Weyden refuses to kill an unarmed Wolf Larsen when he has the chance. Despite learning self-reliance from Larsen, Van Weyden never assumes Larsen’s level of viciousness. The book ends with Van Weyden using all the skills and ingenuity he’s learned as a sailor to survive on a small island with Maud Brewster, which ultimately leads to their rescue from a passing vessel. Van Weyden represents how the wealthy can be disconnected with the rest of the world and the difficult work performed by the working class, but he also represents the capacity of people to change and adapt to their circumstances.

Humphrey Van Weyden Quotes in The Sea-Wolf

The The Sea-Wolf quotes below are all either spoken by Humphrey Van Weyden or refer to Humphrey Van Weyden . 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 1 Quotes

I scarcely know where to begin, though I sometimes facetiously place the cause of it all to Charley Furuseth’s credit. He kept a summer cottage in Mill Valley, under the shadow of Mount Tamalpais, and never occupied it except when he loafed through the winter months and read Nietzsche and Schopenhauer to rest his brain.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen
Page Number: 1
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But life and death were in that glance. I could see the vessel being swallowed up in the fog; I saw the back of the man at the wheel, and the head of the other man turning, slowly turning, as his gaze struck the water and casually lifted along it toward me. His face wore an absent expression, as of deep thought, and I became afraid that if his eyes did light upon me he would nevertheless not see me. But his eyes did light upon me, and looked squarely into mine; and he did see me, for he sprang to the wheel, thrusting the other man aside, and whirled it round and round, hand over hand, at the same time shouting orders of some sort. The vessel seemed to go off at a tangent to its former course and leapt almost instantly from view into the fog.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen
Related Symbols: Seals
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Then a most surprising thing occurred. The captain broke loose upon the dead man like a thunderclap. Oaths rolled from his lips in a continuous stream. And they were not namby-pamby oaths, or mere expressions of indecency. Each word was a blasphemy, and there were many words. They crisped and crackled like electric sparks.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen
Related Symbols: Wind
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Who earned it? Eh? I thought so. Your father. You stand on dead men’s legs. You’ve never had any of your own. You couldn’t walk alone between two sunrises and hustle the meat for your belly for three meals. Let me see your hand.

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 16
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Chapter 4 Quotes

He absurdly insisted upon my addressing him as Mr. Mugridge, and his behaviour and carriage were insufferable as he showed me my duties. Besides my work in the cabin, with its four small state-rooms, I was supposed to be his assistant in the galley, and my colossal ignorance concerning such things as peeling potatoes or washing greasy pots was a source of unending and sarcastic wonder to him. He refused to take into consideration what I was, or, rather, what my life and the things I was accustomed to had been.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Thomas Mugridge
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“I believe that life is a mess,” he answered promptly. “It is like yeast, a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a minute, an hour, a year, or a hundred years, but that in the end will cease to move. The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat the weak that they may retain their strength. The lucky eat the most and move the longest, that is all. What do you make of those things?”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I have made the acquaintance of another one of the crew,—Louis he is called, a rotund and jovial-faced Nova Scotia Irishman, and a very sociable fellow, prone to talk as long as he can find a listener. In the afternoon, while the cook was below asleep and I was peeling the everlasting potatoes, Louis dropped into the galley for a “yarn.” His excuse for being aboard was that he was drunk when he signed. He assured me again and again that it was the last thing in the world he would dream of doing in a sober moment. It seems that he has been seal-hunting regularly each season for a dozen years, and is accounted one of the two or three very best boat-steerers in both fleets.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Louis, Wolf Larsen
Related Symbols: Seals
Page Number: 36
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Where there is room for one life, she sows a thousand lives, and it’s life eats life till the strongest and most piggish life is left.

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“One hundred and eighty-five dollars even,” he said aloud. “Just as I thought. The beggar came aboard without a cent.”

“And what you have won is mine, sir,” I said boldly.

He favoured me with a quizzical smile. “Hump, I have studied some grammar in my time, and I think your tenses are tangled. ‘Was mine,’ you should have said, not ’is mine.’”

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen (speaker), Thomas Mugridge
Page Number: 51
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“No,” Wolf Larsen answered, with an indescribable air of sadness. “And he is all the happier for leaving life alone. He is too busy living it to think about it. My mistake was in ever opening the books.

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Death Larsen, Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“You are afraid of him now. You are afraid of me. You cannot deny it. If I should catch you by the throat, thus,”—his hand was about my throat and my breath was shut off,—“and began to press the life out of you thus, and thus, your instinct of immortality will go glimmering, and your instinct of life, which is longing for life, will flutter up, and you will struggle to save yourself. Eh? I see the fear of death in your eyes.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 70
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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 17 Quotes

“I don’t think it was worth it,” I said to Wolf Larsen, “a broken boat for Kelly’s life.”

“But Kelly didn’t amount to much,” was the reply. “Good-night.”

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Wind
Page Number: 112
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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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Chapter 24 Quotes

He stopped abruptly, and then on his lips formed one of his strange quizzical smiles, as he added:

“It’s from my brain I envy you, take notice, and not from my heart. My reason dictates it. The envy is an intellectual product. I am like a sober man looking upon drunken men, and, greatly weary, wishing he, too, were drunk.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden , Maud Brewster
Page Number: 148
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“What of the Macedonia?”

“Not sighted,” I answered.

I could have sworn his face fell at the intelligence, but why he should be disappointed I could not conceive.

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Death Larsen
Page Number: 150
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Chapter 26 Quotes

Again that unnamable and unmistakable terror was in her eyes, and she said, almost in a whisper, “You are Lucifer.”

Related Characters: Maud Brewster (speaker), Wolf Larsen, Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 166
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Chapter 27 Quotes

I looked at my watch. It was one o’clock. I had slept seven hours! And she had been steering seven hours! When I took the steering-oar I had first to unbend her cramped fingers. Her modicum of strength had been exhausted, and she was unable even to move from her position. I was compelled to let go the sheet while I helped her to the nest of blankets and chafed her hands and arms.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Maud Brewster, Wolf Larsen
Related Symbols: Wind
Page Number: 175
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Chapter 30 Quotes

“We must club the seals,” I announced, when convinced of my poor marksmanship. “I have heard the sealers talk about clubbing them.”

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Maud Brewster
Related Symbols: Seals
Page Number: 190
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Chapter 32 Quotes

“Hump,” he said slowly, “you can’t do it. You are not exactly afraid. You are impotent. Your conventional morality is stronger than you.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden , Maud Brewster, Death Larsen
Page Number: 202
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Chapter 33 Quotes

Giving over his attempt to determine the shadow, he stepped on deck and started forward, walking with a swiftness and confidence which surprised me. And still there was that hint of the feebleness of the blind in his walk. I knew it now for what it was.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Wolf Larsen, Maud Brewster
Page Number: 210
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Chapter 37 Quotes

“I am still a bit of the ferment, you see,” he wrote a little later.

“I am glad you are as small a bit as you are,” I said.

“Thank you,” he wrote. “But just think of how much smaller I shall be before I die.”

Related Characters: Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Maud Brewster
Page Number: 235
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Chapter 38 Quotes

“And immortality?” Maud queried loudly in the ear.

Three times the hand essayed to write but fumbled hopelessly. The pencil fell. In vain we tried to replace it. The fingers could not close on it. Then Maud pressed and held the fingers about the pencil with her own hand and the hand wrote, in large letters, and so slowly that the minutes ticked off to each letter:

“B-O-S-H.”

Related Characters: Maud Brewster (speaker), Wolf Larsen (speaker), Humphrey Van Weyden
Page Number: 236
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Chapter 39 Quotes

“One kiss, dear love,” I whispered. “One kiss more before they come.”

“And rescue us from ourselves,” she completed, with a most adorable smile, whimsical as I had never seen it, for it was whimsical with love.

Related Characters: Humphrey Van Weyden (speaker), Maud Brewster (speaker), Wolf Larsen
Related Symbols: Wind
Page Number: 244
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Humphrey Van Weyden Character Timeline in The Sea-Wolf

The timeline below shows where the character Humphrey Van Weyden appears in The Sea-Wolf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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In the San Francisco Bay on a foggy morning in January, the narrator is taking a ferry-steamer called The Martinez to visit a friend’s summer cottage. The narrator... (full context)
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...fog. The Martinez changes course to try to avoid a collision. The red-faced man tells the narrator that he hears another boat coming right for them—it can’t hear the Martinez because the... (full context)
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The red-faced man advises the narrator to find something to hang on to, while the pilot of the Martinez acknowledges that... (full context)
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Eventually, all the screaming drives the narrator hysterical, and he finds himself laughing without knowing why. He collects himself and looks around... (full context)
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The narrator has a life preserver, but if anything happens to it, he can’t swim. He can... (full context)
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Another vessel with three triangular sails appears. The narrator tries to shout at it but can’t. Just by chance, however, a man on the... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The narrator sees stars and comets above him and figures he must be dreaming. He keeps hearing... (full context)
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Two men are kneeling over the narrator . One is a Scandinavian-looking man named Johnson (called “Yonson” by the other man), who... (full context)
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Johnson and the cook (whose name is Thomas Mugridge) give the narrator new clothes that smell awful. Johnson remarks that the narrator has soft skin and must... (full context)
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The narrator spots the man that saw him in the sea and rescued him. The man is... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...a prayer book to say a ceremony for the dead man, then he asks if the narrator is a preacher. The narrator informs Larsen that he’s not—that, in fact, his profession is... (full context)
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The narrator asks Wolf Larsen to take him home at once, but Larsen makes an offer instead:... (full context)
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The narrator resigns himself to being a cabin boy and gives his name as Humphrey Van Weyden.... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...crew calls “the doctor,” the hunters call “Tommy,” and Wolf Larsen calls “Cooky”) with teaching Van Weyden how to be a cabin boy. Mugridge is a cruel boss who takes advantage of... (full context)
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One day during stormy conditions, a wave knocks over Van Weyden (whom Wolf Larsen has given the nickname “Hump”), injuring his knee. Nobody treats the knee... (full context)
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Van Weyden reflects on how strange it is that he’s gone from his intellectual background to his... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The next day, Van Weyden must move to a new cabin because the new mate Johansen talks in his sleep... (full context)
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Later that day, Van Weyden is discarding ashes from a stove. He accidentally throws the ashes over the windward side,... (full context)
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Later, Van Weyden is surprised to discover, while making Wolf Larsen’s bed, that the captain’s bookshelf contains books... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen listens to Van Weyden ’s tale about Mugridge robbing him, but he refuses to intervene, saying the money is... (full context)
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...human behavior. He concludes the conversation by asking how much money Mugridge stole. Soon after, Van Weyden hears him cursing men elsewhere on the ship. (full context)
Chapter 6
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Van Weyden meets a crew member named Louis, a talkative Nova Scotia Irish man from Nova Scotia... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Van Weyden still has trouble getting along with Mugridge, who continues to insist that Van Weyden call... (full context)
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...himself.  He remains up there for a long time, and Wolf Larsen supervises his work. Van Weyden is nervous for Harrison, but others, like Mugridge, enjoy the spectacle. Wolf Larsen prevents anyone... (full context)
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Van Weyden confesses to Wolf Larsen that the treatment of Harrison made him squeamish. Wolf Larsen scoffs... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...of changing winds, the Ghost finally gets some favorable winds and begins to move quickly. Van Weyden marvels at how fast the ship moves. One night, he is surprised to hear Wolf... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Van Weyden isn’t sure what to make of Wolf Larsen; he can’t decide whether Larsen is a... (full context)
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That night, however, Van Weyden deals with the Wolf Larsen and the hunters while Mugridge waits on them. Wolf Larsen... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Van Weyden gets three days of rest. During this time, he eats with Wolf Larsen and has... (full context)
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As time passes, Van Weyden begins to think that Mugridge is going mad. Wolf Larsen taunts Van Weyden about his... (full context)
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With no help from Wolf Larsen, Van Weyden continues to manage his tense situation with Mugridge, who very publicly sharpens his knife in... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Van Weyden becomes closer with Wolf Larsen, though he still believes that Larsen sees him as mostly... (full context)
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Van Weyden notes that Wolf Larsen is a handsome man with a clean-shaven well-defined face that looks... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen explains to Van Weyden that despite his familiarity with science and literature, he is entirely self-taught. He describes how... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The Ghost heads to fill its water-casks before continuing to the coast of Japan. Van Weyden asks Louis for more information about Death Larsen, and Louis tells him that Wolf Larsen... (full context)
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One day, Van Weyden is surprised to see Wolf Larsen reading the Bible (having finally found one in the... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen argues that at some point Van Weyden will start to doubt his immortality and realize that he only has one life on... (full context)
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Within the past 24 hours, Van Weyden has seen brutality on board the ship that has spread like a disease. The violence... (full context)
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Other sailors also pick fights with each other throughout the day. Van Weyden begins to fear that the brutality will have a negative effect on him, particularly since... (full context)
Chapter 13
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For three days, Van Weyden does Mugridge’s work in addition to his own. On the fourth day, Mugridge must resume... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Van Weyden wonders about the mothers of all the men on the Ghost. Johansen claims that he... (full context)
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Van Weyden gets back to work, but suddenly he sees Wolf Larsen coming over with a head... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...that Wolf Larsen got away. A messenger arrives, announcing that Wolf Larsen wants to see Van Weyden in the captain’s quarters. Van Weyden agrees to come. He finds that Wolf Larsen is... (full context)
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Van Weyden marvels at Wolf Larsen’s muscular body and says God made him well, but Wolf Larsen... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Van Weyden finds that the best part of being mate is having no more dishes to wash.... (full context)
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...some of his fury. Either would have killed Wolf Larsen, but neither gets the opportunity. Van Weyden wonders why Wolf Larsen doesn’t just kill Leach, who makes multiple assassination attempts, but Wolf... (full context)
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...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 find a man... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Van Weyden is surprised that not much happens on the Ghost at first. He is also shocked... (full context)
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One day, dark clouds start approaching. Wolf Larsen commands Van Weyden to get ready while the sea is still calm. Soon, however, the storm picks up.... (full context)
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...that has been broken. Eventually, the Ghost’s crew manages to bring the men aboard. Later, Van Weyden tells Wolf Larsen that he doesn’t think the broken boat was worth a man’s life,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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The next day, Van Weyden and Wolf Larsen treat the wounds of Mugridge, who broke his ribs in the storm.... (full context)
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Van Weyden learns more about how to be a sailor, particularly during periods when Wolf Larsen has... (full context)
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...Larsen chases after Leach and Johnson, who have escaped. They come upon a boat, and Van Weyden is so afraid of what Wolf Larsen might do to Leach and Johnson that he... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen asks Van Weyden to take the woman, whose name is Maud Brewster, to the spare port cabin. Maud... (full context)
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Later, Wolf Larsen catches Leach and Johnson in their small escape boat. Van Weyden learns that the four men and Maud Brewster were on a mail steamer heading from... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Wolf Larsen forbids her, saying she should just get used to it. Maud Brewster asks Van Weyden what she can do to be useful but finds that she doesn’t have much relevant... (full context)
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Maud Brewster recognizes Van Weyden as someone who wrote a positive review of one of her poetry volumes. It comforts... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Wolf Larsen becomes frustrated when Maud Brewster and Van Weyden ignore him in conversation. He takes out his anger on Mugridge, who runs around the... (full context)
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Maud Brewster accuses Van Weyden of standing by while two men (Leach and Johnson) were murdered (Wolf Larsen left them... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Seal hunting on the Ghost continues to be perilous. Meanwhile, Van Weyden thinks of sea romances he’s read before and fantasizes about running away with Maud Brewster.... (full context)
Chapter 24
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In retrospect, Van Weyden has a particularly strong memory of the events that occurred immediately after he realized that... (full context)
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...and his crew to hunt. Wolf Larsen and Maud Brewster argue about eternal life. Like Van Weyden , Maud Brewster believes in a soul, but Wolf Larsen remains committed to his materialism... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The next day, Van Weyden informs Wolf Larsen that Death Larsen’s Macedonia is no longer in sight; Wolf Larsen seems... (full context)
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...large Scandinavian, aboard the Ghost. Wolf Larsen invites the big Scandinavian below decks while telling Van Weyden and Maud Brewster to stay above decks. Van Weyden and Maud Brewster hear the sound... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Wolf Larsen distributes whiskey to his crew while Van Weyden treats the newly wounded. Wolf Larsen’s victory over Death Larsen seems to put him in... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen, Van Weyden , and Maud Brewster talk about why humans do things; Wolf Larsen argues that desire... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen, Maud Brewster, and Van Weyden continue to discuss philosophy and literature, including the figure of Lucifer in Milton’s Paradise Lost.... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen says he’ll go relieve Louis on the wheel and suggests that Van Weyden go to bed. But after Van Weyden goes to bed, he wakes up and goes... (full context)
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...seems suddenly much weaker and says he is a sick man, repeating it several times. Van Weyden leads him off to his bunk. Once he has put Wolf Larsen to bed, Van... (full context)
Chapter 27
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With good wind, Van Weyden and Maud Brewster are five days away from Japan, but if it storms hard, their... (full context)
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Van Weyden goes to sleep. When he wakes up seven hours later, he’s surprised to find that... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster suffer in the small boat and drift around for many hours. It... (full context)
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After days of storm, Van Weyden and Maud Brewster find themselves unexpectedly off what seems to be the coast of Alaska.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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On the island, Van Weyden curses himself for not thinking to bring matches. However, soon after, Van Weyden succeeds in... (full context)
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While exploring the island, Van Weyden and Maud Brewster find the remains a wrecked boat. Van Weyden tells Maud the boat’s... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster spend two weeks on Endeavour Island trying to build a hut. If... (full context)
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Maud doesn’t want to continue clubbing the seals, but Van Weyden continues, this time going for a smaller female seal. But again, the big bull male... (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster herd some younger male seals without mates away from their companions and... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster complete their seal-skin roof. They build a second hut right next to... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Van Weyden wakes up feeling that something is missing—he realizes that what’s missing is the wind. He... (full context)
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Van Weyden boards the Ghost cautiously but finds that it seems to be deserted. Overjoyed, Van Weyden... (full context)
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Van Weyden levels his shotgun at Wolf Larsen. He hesitates for a while, and Wolf Larsen asks... (full context)
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Van Weyden asks where the rest of Wolf Larsen’s crew is. It turns out Death Larsen caught... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen still claims to be weak from headaches. Van Weyden lets him go, but makes sure to take all of his revolvers and knives. Van... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster wait all day for Wolf Larsen to come out, but he doesn’t... (full context)
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Though Maud Brewster was initially afraid of Wolf Larsen, after more time passes, she tells Van Weyden too go aboard and check on him. Van Weyden goes aboard and finds Wolf Larsen... (full context)
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...of the Ghost. Soon, though, even the smoke stops. Before Maud Brewster can say anything, Van Weyden decides to go check on Wolf Larsen again. (full context)
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Van Weyden watches Wolf Larsen in secret. Wolf seems to be in a state of total despair... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen believes Van Weyden is belowdecks, so he closes the trap door and puts a heavy chest over it.... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...the Ghost doesn’t have a mast—if it did, they could sail way on the ship. Van Weyden wonders if there’s a way to fix the masts. He and Maud make plans and... (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster begin repairing the Ghost. Wolf Larsen comes out and asks what they’re... (full context)
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...greets Maud Brewster, unable to see her in his blindness but having heard her breathing. Van Weyden asks why Wolf Larsen doesn’t want to escape with them, but Wolf Larsen just says... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster get a mast aboard the Ghost and hoist it. While they’re working... (full context)
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When Van Weyden and Maud Brewster wake the next day, they find that Wolf Larsen has sabotaged some... (full context)
Chapter 36
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For two days, Van Weyden and Maud Brewster search at sea and on beaches for the missing masts. They find... (full context)
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...poor health, and she was traveling to Japan because doctors recommended a long sea voyage. Van Weyden compliments her on how brave she’s become. (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster again attempt to repair the masts on the Ghost. This time, they... (full context)
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One night, as Wolf Larsen attempts to sabotage Van Weyden and Maud Brewster’s work again, Van Weyden catches him in the act and confronts him.... (full context)
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Maud Brewster and Van Weyden discuss what to do with Wolf Larsen. But as it turns out, when they are... (full context)
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Van Weyden goes to check on Wolf Larsen, but he gets too close, and Wolf grabs him... (full context)
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As Van Weyden returns to his senses, he realizes that Maud Brewster was holding a seal club, ready... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster move aboard the Ghost, with Wolf Larsen as their prisoner. Van Weyden... (full context)
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Despite being close to death, Wolf Larsen maintains that he doesn’t have a soul. Van Weyden tells Wolf Larsen that his smile is crooked. He removes Wolf Larsen’s handcuffs, but he... (full context)
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Van Weyden makes some final repairs on the sails and believes everything is now close to being... (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster complete their work on the masts. But just as they do so,... (full context)
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Van Weyden returns to Wolf Larsen and discovers that the captain had set fire to his bunk’s... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Wolf Larsen writes to Van Weyden that his left side is going too; soon, he will be fully paralyzed. Later, he... (full context)
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Van Weyden asks Wolf Larsen if he can still hear, and Wolf doesn’t respond, suggesting that both... (full context)
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...says she wishes everything would end soon, saying that she is only “one, small woman.” Van Weyden recognizes the phrase and asks where she got it; Maud suggests she might have heard... (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster finish up with the sails. Van Weyden checks in on the weakening... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster have finally gotten the Ghost ready to leave Endeavour Island. They bid... (full context)
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Van Weyden and Maud Brewster continue to experience strong winds, and the conditions push the limits of... (full context)
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The storm breaks, and Van Weyden and Maud Brewster have a funeral at sea for Wolf Larsen. Afterward, they throw his... (full context)
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After the funeral, Van Weyden and Maud Brewster see a ship from the United States, and Van Weyden raises a... (full context)