The Sea-Wolf

by

Jack London

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Thomas Mugridge Character Analysis

Thomas Mugridge is the cook and one of the lowest-ranking sailors on Wolf Larsen’s vessel, the Ghost. He is noteworthy for having a Cockney accent (associated with a working-class area of London). Mugridge is initially in charge of introducing Humphrey Van Weyden to life on the Ghost, and he treats Van Weyden cruelly, giving Van Weyden the worst tasks and stealing all his money. Soon, however, Van Weyden rises through the ranks, sending Mugridge back to the bottom. The other sailors don’t respect Mugridge, and they often beat him. Mugridge illustrates how people who receive cruel treatment can turn cruel themselves.

Thomas Mugridge Quotes in The Sea-Wolf

The The Sea-Wolf quotes below are all either spoken by Thomas Mugridge or refer to Thomas Mugridge. 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 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 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 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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Thomas Mugridge Character Timeline in The Sea-Wolf

The timeline below shows where the character Thomas Mugridge appears in The Sea-Wolf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...rubbing the narrator’s chest to revive him. The other is a Cockney and the ship’s cook. The narrator asks for new clothes and asks where he is. Johnson tells him he's... (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... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Wolf Larsen stops cursing over the dying man and orders Mugridge the cook to get back to work. He asks if anyone has a prayer book... (full context)
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Wolf Larsen calls for Mugridge, who brings out a cabin boy. The cabin boy gives his name as George Leach... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Wolf Larsen tasks Mugridge (the cook, whom the crew calls “the doctor,” the hunters call “Tommy,” and Wolf Larsen... (full context)
Chapter 5
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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 a fair price for... (full context)
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...selfishness motivate much of 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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Meanwhile, Van Weyden still has trouble getting along with Mugridge, who continues to insist that Van Weyden call him “sir.” Van Weyden’s hands also begin... (full context)
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...and Wolf Larsen supervises his work. Van Weyden is nervous for Harrison, but others, like Mugridge, enjoy the spectacle. Wolf Larsen prevents anyone from helping Harrison. At last, Van Weyden has... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Wolf Larsen; he can’t decide whether Larsen is a genius or a primitive man. The cook Mugridge loses all his money in a card game with Wolf Larsen. Wolf Larsen wins... (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 and Van Weyden talk about things the hunters don’t understand,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...rest. During this time, he eats with Wolf Larsen and has discussions with him, and Mugridge continues to wait on them. Louis warns Van Weyden that Wolf’s mood varies like the... (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 fear, saying that even if... (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 the galley. Van Weyden resolves to stop calling... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...wounds. Leach gets angry at Wolf Larsen, becoming surprisingly forceful. Wolf Larsen doesn’t respond, then Mugridge jumps in and starts taunting Leach. Leach responds by beating Mugridge harshly. (full context)
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...a negative effect on him, particularly since he found himself actually enjoying the beating of Mugridge. (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 his responsibilities,... (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. They regroup after the storm, collecting men and... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...Maud Brewster and Van Weyden ignore him in conversation. He takes out his anger on Mugridge, who runs around the ship to try to escape punishment, hurting the other sailors in... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...to pay the crew more money, then marooned Wolf alone on the Ghost. Before leaving, Mugridge sabotaged the sails by cutting them. (full context)