Summary (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
Islands in the Stream was assembled from Hemingway’s manuscripts by his widow and his publisher ten years after his death, and although the book has a certain unfinished quality, it contains most of the Hemingway ingredients. Like much of his fiction, Islands in the Stream is strongly autobiographical, but this last novel carries even more of the fears and fantasies of this major American writer.
The novel is divided into three separate books, held together mainly by the character of Thomas Hudson. Part 1, “Bimini,” is the longest and most successful of the three. Little happens: Hudson, a painter “respected both in Europe and in his own country,” works; his three sons from two earlier marriages (his third wife never appears) arrive for a summer vacation; they all swim and fish. The descriptions are often rich, the scenes humorous, and the focus is on feelings, particularly on Hudson’s largely unexpressed love for his sons: “He had been able to replace almost everything except the children with work and the steady working life he had built on the island.”
In the longest scene, Hudson’s middle son, David, battles a huge broadbill for hours, only to lose him at the last moment. (In several significant ways, the scene resembles the fight between Santiago and the giant marlin in The Old Man and the Sea, 1952.) In another scene, the boys play drunkards in a local waterfront bar, to the dismay of a group...
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Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
On the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, Thomas Hudson works and confronts his regrets and insecurities. Self-disciplined and successful as an artist, he finds time to fish, socialize at Bobby’s Bar, meet with his art dealer in New York, and host the periodic visits of his three sons. At the bar, Hudson discusses with Bobby possible subjects for future paintings—including the end of the world. Hudson then joins writer and friend Roger Davis on Johnny Goodner’s cruiser at the docks, where fireworks mark the celebration of the queen’s birthday. The wealthy and snobbish owner of a cruiser moored nearby confronts Hudson and his noisy and rowdy friends for waking his wife. Davis betters the man in the ensuing fistfight.
Hudson’s three sons arrive: Tom, the oldest and son of Hudson’s first wife, and Andrew and David, sons of his second wife. They discuss their earlier days in Europe, young Tom recalling notables such as James Joyce and Ezra Pound. While spear fishing, the sons narrowly escape a large hammerhead shark. Deep-sea fishing, David hooks a huge swordfish. For six painful and vividly described hours, David determinedly battles the prize fish, only to have it slip away at the last moment.
Roger Davis becomes reacquainted with a past love, the now-married Audrey Bruce, who happens to be vacationing on Bimini. Roger and Audrey depart shortly before Hudson’s sons also leave. News arrives that David, Andrew, and their mother have...
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Summary
On the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, Thomas Hudson’s house is built on a high promontory between the harbor and the sea. The house is described as “solid as a ship” and has survived three hurricanes. The tall coconut palms that surround it have been bent by the constant pressure of the wind. The path from the door on the ocean side leads down the bluff to the sea, where the Gulf Stream flows past the island. The water changes colors from dark blue to green. The beach is a safe place to swim during the day, but at night sharks come close to the shore to feed.
Thomas Hudson is a painter and lives in the house most of the year because he does not want to miss any season. Although the summers can be hot and the autumn hurricanes can be fierce, the weather is usually fine. Thomas Hudson has studied tropical storms for years and has become adept at predicting their arrival. He has also learned how to survive the hurricanes, though he knows there are hurricanes through which no one could live. The hurricanes bind all the people on the island together.
Thomas Hudson’s house on the promontory is the highest thing on the island, except for a few trees. Sailing toward the island, one first sees the trees, then Thomas Hudson’s house, then the rest of the island rising up from the sea. It is also the only house on the island with a fireplace, which keeps it warm in the colder winter months. He burns driftwood that he finds along the beach. There are some beautifully shaped pieces that he is reluctant to burn, but he eventually burns them anyway.
Thomas Hudson enjoys winter evenings spent sitting by his fire, reading, and listening to the sounds of the surf below. He often puts out the lamp, lies on the floor, and watches the driftwood burn. The fire makes him both sad and happy—happy in its beauty, but sad at the thought that it might be wrong to burn something of which he is so fond. But he does not feel guilty.
While on the floor, Thomas Hudson can feel the wind whipping around the four corners of the house. He can also feel the pounding of the surf, which reminds him of the heavy pounding of guns in his long-ago wartime experiences. The beauty of the fire leads him to feel that winter is the best season of all.
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary
Thomas Hudson’s three sons (Young Tom, David, and Andrew) are coming to Bimini for the summer. David and Andrew’s mother had planned to take her sons to Europe but said nothing to Thomas Hudson. At first she said he could have the boys for Christmas vacation, but at last she compromised and said they could come for the first five weeks of the summer. Their older half-brother, Young Tom, will be in charge of them on the trip to join their mother in Europe. Then he will join his own mother in France, where she is filming a movie (although she would have preferred that he stay on Bimini with his father).
Thomas Hudson is grateful for the compromise and is looking forward to spending five weeks with his boys. He momentarily regrets divorcing Young Tom’s mother, but he realizes that it is the best thing. Everything in his life, except for his children, he has replaced with work. He has enough memories to keep him satisfied. Sometimes she goes to Cuba to fish or to the mountains in the fall. Occasionally he goes to New York to see his dealer, but more often than not his dealer comes to Bimini to see him. Half of his money goes to alimony; the rest keeps him secure enough. Despite his ambivalence toward success, Thomas Hudson has been successful in every area except marriage. He does not lack for female companionship but is always glad when the women are gone.
Thomas Hudson had to struggle to learn to discipline himself. Most of this discipline is targeted at his painting and his abstention from marriage. Joseph, his houseboy, interrupts his thoughts, suggesting that he end his work for the day. He offers to fix Thomas Hudson a drink, but Thomas Hudson says he intends to go down and have one at Mr. Bobby’s. Joseph objects to this planning, telling him that the mail has come. Thomas Hudson agrees to have a drink and read the mail before he goes down to Mr. Bobby’s.
Joseph assures Thomas Hudson that everything is ready for the boys’ arrival. He speaks of Andrew’s meanness. Thomas Hudson replies that Andrew started off mean. He tells Joseph to be a good example for the boys, but Joseph replies that the boys are an example to him. Thomas Hudson prepares to go down to Mr. Bobby’s. Joseph says that Mr. Roger has arrived on the boat and agrees to get a bed ready for him.
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Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary
As Thomas Hudson showers, he reflects that he should have taken a swim first. He dresses and heads out, walking down the King’s Highway to the town. He encounters an old black man who is being taunted by a child from one of the roadside shacks.
A young boy hurries up the road and tells Thomas Hudson that a gentleman from a yacht is causing a disturbance at Mr. Bobby’s bar. The boy, Louis, had been working for the man and his wife, singing for them while they were supposedly fishing. The man’s wife is upset by her husband’s violent outbursts and has sent Louis to buy some conch pearls. Thomas Hudson thinks no one has ever liked conch pearls except Queen Mary of England, whose birthday is being celebrated that night.
Thomas Hudson enters the bar. The proprietor, Mr. Bobby, is looking terrible. All is quiet except for the sounds of a pool game. Louis delivers the pearls and returns. He says the lady looked at the pearls and started to cry. Mr. Bobby criticizes Thomas Hudson’s request for a drink. Thomas Hudson asks where his friend, Roger Davis, is. Mr. Bobby says he is eating with another friend, Johnny Goodner, and will be over later.
Mr. Bobby asks why Thomas Hudson stays on the island. He cannot understand why people pay good money for Thomas Hudson’s paintings of the simple people of the island. Mr. Bobby wants a picture of a waterspout, with him in a boat, to hang over the bar. Thomas Hudson, as a favor, will charge him for the canvas only. Mr. Bobby then says he wants an even larger picture of a hurricane. Thomas Hudson says that he’d better just start with the waterspout. Mr. Bobby then suggests a painting of the sinking of the Titanic. He says Thomas Hudson should concentrate on larger paintings and leave all the “chicken stuff” behind. He then tells Thomas Hudson that he should paint a painting to end them all—The End of the World. Mr. Bobby describes what all should be included, in intimate and graphic detail, with himself and Thomas Hudson standing calmly in the middle, oblivious to it all. Thomas Hudson tells him about Bosch and Brueghel, two artists who painted on the topic Mr. Bobby describes. Thomas Hudson and Mr. Bobby then drink to the health of Queen Mary on her birthday. Mr. Bobby tells Thomas Hudson that the island of Bimini is very patriotic despite its isolation.
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Part 1, Chapter 4 Summary
Thomas Hudson leaves Mr. Bobby’s bar and visits Johnny Goodner on his boat. Johnny is eating and expounding on the virtues of chili peppers. Thomas Hudson answers Johnny’s questions about his living alone on the island, stating that he got tired of moving around. As they are discussing Roger Davis’s reasons for coming to Bimini, Roger himself arrives and assures them he is not running from charges of having sex with an underage girl. Johnny grills them both on what they have been doing to stay occupied on the island.
On shore, there is much singing and drinking. Rupert Pinder, one of the native black men, calls down to the boat, saying that the boys are getting thirsty. Johnny tells him to buy them something inexpensive and healthful. The men on the boat watch the fireworks display then decide to join in by firing off flares. Frank Hart, another guest, fires flares at buildings. The others try to get him to stop. He fires specifically at the Commissioner’s house. Rupert encourages him. He fires at a cruiser, where a man comes out and tells him to stop shooting at this boat because there is a lady on board trying to sleep. None of them knows who the unpleasant man on the yacht is (except Frank), but Roger suggests that Frank stop shooting flares. When Roger threatens to leave, Johnny tells Frank to leave. Frank fires again at the Commissioner’s house, and the man on the yacht comes back out. There is a shouting match, and the man and Roger get into a fistfight. Roger pummels the man thoroughly, and the man’s crew carries him back to his yacht. Roger worries about the man’s condition.
Later, the man on the yacht comes out on deck with a shotgun. Roger tells him to put the gun away and go to bed, but the man just stands there. After a while, he turns and goes down below. The party breaks up, and the men all walk home. Roger goes ahead to Thomas Hudson’s house, where he crawls into bed. They talk a bit when Thomas Hudson comes in because Roger is still feeling low. He tells about the trouble he got into on the mainland, where he beat a man almost to the point of death. Roger laments that there seems to be more and more men who have to be fought. He reads in bed all night long and is still reading when Thomas Hudson gets up the next morning.
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Part 1, Chapter 5 Summary
Roger goes out before breakfast, so Thomas Hudson eats alone and then begins working. When Roger returns, they discuss the events of the previous evening, which neither of them can remember clearly.
Thomas Hudson’s three sons arrive later in the day. They are reserved at first but soon treat the house as their home and leave their things lying around on the floor. Thomas Hudson reflects on the appearance of each boy: Young Tom is like a tragic Indian; David, an otter; and Andrew, a pocket battleship. The boys have a tendency to argue among themselves and do so frequently. They talk with Thomas Hudson about their earlier childhood adventures in the States, especially on the ranch out West. Thomas Hudson tells them of his time in France, when Young Tom was a small boy. Young Tom can remember shooting pigeons, finding one still alive, and taking it home for a pet until the cat killed it and ate it. Young Tom also talks about his father’s friends in Paris—James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, and Ezra Pound. He remembers his father referring to them as “mad,” which Young Tom thinks means like a mad dog, so he imagines them with foam coming from their mouths.
Andrew is bored with these conversations and begs his father for stories of something else. He swears, which his father reminds him he is not supposed to do in the presence of grown-ups. Young Tom tells his brothers that if they really want to learn how to swear, they should read James Joyce. He had taken one of Joyce’s books to school and read it out loud to the other boys, which almost got him expelled.
The boys and Roger go for a swim before lunch. Thomas Hudson thinks he should swim as well, but he’s too lazy. After lunch, Andrew announces that he wants to be Roger’s friend as Young Tom was James Joyce’s, since Roger is a writer too.
Young Tom asks about Pascin, another artist friend of his father’s in Paris. Thomas Hudson explains that Pascin’s paintings are as explicit...
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Part 1, Chapter 6 Summary
Although David and Tom had wanted to go goggle-fishing with Roger, the seas had proved too rough, and they go snapper-fishing with Joseph instead. They come home tired and immediately go to bed.
Roger and Thomas Hudson discuss Andrew’s fear of the dark. Thomas Hudson says that he was afraid of the dark as a child, but Roger says he was more afraid of dying and of something happening to his brother, who in fact did die. Thomas Hudson expresses surprise that he had a brother because he has never mentioned him. Roger explains that he died. He and Roger were in a canoe that tipped over. Roger’s brother, Dave, drowned. Thomas Hudson expresses his sorrow. Roger feels guilty for surviving when his brother could not. He thinks his father never forgave him for it. He speculates that this is why he would not go goggle-fishing with the boys, though he intends to do so in the near future despite his fear. Thomas Hudson tries to convince him otherwise, but Roger insists that he has never gotten over it. He is ashamed of this the same way he is ashamed of the fight the night before.
Roger asks if Thomas Hudson thinks he could write something worth reading. Thomas Hudson encourages him to try, then asks why he gave up painting. Roger says he could no longer kid himself, but he intends to go somewhere and write a novel. Thomas Hudson invites him to stay with him and write his novel there. He urges him not to run from it. They would have each other’s company when they quit work. He suggests that Roger use the story of his brother’s death as the basis for his book. Roger worries that he would corrupt it into a love story involving a pioneer and an Indian maiden who make love as they go over the Niagara Falls. He does not like the end of the real story—his brother’s death and his own guilt.
Roger changes the topic and asks Thomas Hudson why it is fun to paint and write well. Thomas Hudson suggests that it is because people are there to help you. Roger says he could have painted better if he were a better person.
They decide to turn in for the night. Roger comes out to the sleeping porch in the middle of the night, but Thomas Hudson does not awaken. In the morning, Roger and the boys discuss plans to spend the day underwater fishing. Roger encourages Andrew not to be scared because it serves no purpose.
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Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary
Thomas Hudson takes the boys goggle-fishing near a sunken steamer. Joseph and Andrew are in charge of the dinghy while the others go diving. Thomas Hudson lets Tom and David have the first chance, with Roger along with them. Thomas Hudson goes below to the galley and talks with Eddy, who warns that the boys are scattering underwater. Thomas Hudson goes topside and relays Eddy’s warning to Roger. Eddy comes up and urges Thomas Hudson to stand guard with the rifle. Thomas Hudson moves the boat closer to the reef. Eddy goes back down below to finish fixing dinner.
Thomas Hudson relaxes, lying on the bridge to watch the boys. When he asks Eddy to bring him a drink, Thomas Hudson notices that he has Mercurochrome staining his lips. Eddy explains that he had “some sort of trouble” the night before but refuses to go into more detail about it.
Eddy spies a hammerhead shark approaching David. He and Thomas Hudson shoot but miss. They keep on shooting, but the shark continues to approach. Finally, Eddy hits the shark and it sinks. The boys crawl into the dinghy and come back to the boat, excited by the encounter. Roger is shaken and apologizes for letting the boys swim out too far. David regrets that they could not catch the shark.
The boys continue to discuss their dangerous encounter despite Roger’s extreme feelings of guilt. Both Thomas Hudson and Eddy tell him they were all responsible, not he alone. Joseph rows out to where the shark went down, but he can see nothing. The boys want to continue to goggle-fish at low tide, but Thomas Hudson is now nervous about the boys’ being in the water. David takes responsibility for going too far and tells his father he should not feel guilty.
Eddy reassures Thomas Hudson that it will be safe for the boys to fish at low tide. At dinner, when Eddy goes below to the galley, Andrew asks if he is a “rummy” (alcoholic). Thomas Hudson answers the question by pointing out how Eddy killed the shark. Rummies do not have that kind of accuracy. Andrew says he saw Eddie take eight drinks from a bottle. Young Tom and Thomas Hudson defend Eddy and his drinking. They then ignore Andrew’s comments and ask Eddy to have another drink with them. Eddy speaks with pride about shooting the shark, the alcohol clearly making him feel much better about the situation. Thomas Hudson sees this, worries, and volunteers to stay on the boat with him, but Eddy says he is all right and...
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Part 1, Chapter 8 Summary
In the middle of the night, Thomas Hudson awakens to hear the sounds of the boys and Roger sleeping peacefully. He thinks of how he liked to live alone, but now he wants the boys to stay forever. He knows when the boys leave he will enjoy the solitude for a while but then the loneliness will return.
Thomas Hudson has built his life on the island by the Gulf Stream and has developed many habits and customs to handle the loneliness. These will come again once he has moved past the loneliness. For now, he is happy and does not find happiness dull, as it is so often purported to be. He is realizing this summer just how much he loves his boys. He wishes he had them with him all the time and that he was still married to Tom’s mother. He comes to the realization that it is a waste of time to wish for something he cannot have.
He hopes Roger will stay, but then he remembers the women with whom he has been in trouble. He has been in enough trouble with women himself that he does not pity Roger. He remembers the last girl in Paris who Roger loved, but eventually he saw her for what she was and grew to not even like her. After he breaks up with the girl, Roger goes out “on the town” and dates three girls in a row. Thomas Hudson likes none of them and calls the first one “Bitchy the Great.” She was the first girl who ever left Roger (instead of the other way around). The next two girls looked like her, but Roger left both of them. After that he decided to go out West for a while. Thomas Hudson tells him that geography will not cure him, but Roger says that a healthy life and plenty of work might help.
Thomas Hudson offered Roger the use of his ranch, though he warned Roger that it would be “rugged” over the winter months. Roger told him that he wanted it to be rugged so he could have a fresh start. Now Thomas Hudson wonders how it will turn out. He believes Roger has wasted most of his talent by writing to order rather than writing his own material. Everything that happens to a writer is part of his training, but Roger has been misusing his talent. Writing talent is inside you—it is not just a set of tools with which to work. He considers himself lucky to be a painter because he has more things to work with. Gradually, Thomas Hudson stops thinking about whether Roger can start anew. He decides to find a way to help him and then goes back to sleep.
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Part 1, Chapter 9 Summary
In the morning, Thomas Hudson discovers that Eddy had stayed up all night splicing fishing lines. The moon had been full, which bothered both of them. On the trip out to sea, Tom confesses to his father that his friendships with grown men have ruined his opinion of boys his own age.
Also in the morning, David manages to catch a broadbill, a type of swordfish, but the size of the fish means it is not going to be an easy catch. They move the boat out to make it easier to bring the fish in. David vows to hang on to the fish until death. His father and brothers are seriously concerned about this possible outcome. Tom especially is worried, but he confesses that he is the family worrier. Roger tries to keep David cool by pouring water on him.
The fish continues to stay deep underwater, and David maintains his hold on him. Tom is impressed because David does not do well in sports. David begins to pull the broadbill in, inch by inch. He snaps at Andrew, who feels bad that he interfered. At last the big fish comes up to the surface. Thomas Hudson backs up the boat, following the fish. Eddy estimates that the fish weighs a thousand pounds. As the fish circles, Thomas Hudson maneuvers the boat to keep it astern. In his nervousness, Tom begins talking, praising David. The boat is moved to put David in the shade.
After two hours, David continues to wrestle the fish, which is circling beneath the boat. After three hours, there is no progress. The fish dives deeper, and Thomas Hudson suspects he is going down to die, which would ruin David. David is on his knees, desperately holding on to the fish; Andrew is holding onto his feet. David is almost out of line. Eddy pulls David back into the chair, holding him around the waist. Tom notices that David’s feet are bleeding from friction against the deck, and his hands are masses of open blisters. Tom worries even more, but Thomas Hudson insists that David be allowed to finish his fight. Eddy is not as concerned about David’s hands and feet as he is about his head. Roger offers to take over, but David insists on hanging on.
After five hours, David begins to make progress once again, pulling the line in. Thomas Hudson sees the blood on his son’s hands and feet. Slowly the fish is being pulled to the surface. Roger leans over to hook the fish and pull it on board, but he loses it. The fish swims down to the depths, lost forever. David is carried below to the bunk,...
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Part 1, Chapter 10 Summary
The night after David’s battle with the fish, Thomas Hudson cannot sleep. He noticed that both David and Andrew moved away from him emotionally while only Tom remained close to him. David had grown closer to Roger, and Andrew had behaved in a way in which Thomas Hudson did not approve. He berates himself for overanalyzing the situation, but there is something about the events of the day, in connection with his relationship to his sons, that frightens him.
In the morning, gale-force winds are blowing. The boys are still sleeping, and Roger has gone for a walk on the beach. Joseph informs Thomas Hudson that Eddy is nursing a black eye. Thomas Hudson knows Eddie got in a fight at the bars because no one believed his story of the fish. When Eddy comes in, his whole face and one ear are swollen. Thomas Hudson tells him he is going to paint a picture for David.
After he finishes writing letters, Thomas Hudson goes down to the dock to order supplies. He stops at Bobby’s bar on the way back to examine his painting of the waterspout. A customer has thrown a mug of beer at it, leaving an obvious mark. Bobby tells Thomas Hudson how sorry he is that no one believed Eddy about David’s fish.
They notice the yacht coming up the channel. Thomas Hudson notices how ill equipped it is to weather the strong winds. Roger comes into the bar, and they discuss the events of the previous day. Roger expresses his admiration for David. Bobby asks if Roger and Thomas Hudson are related because they are so similar. They discuss the people on the incoming yacht. Bobby only cares that they become customers.
Thomas Hudson mentions that the last time he saw Roger was in New York with “that cigarette-butt bitch.” Roger informs him that she committed suicide. Thomas Hudson can see that Roger is playing with the thought in his mind. Roger says that it sometimes seems logical, but Thomas Hudson does not believe he would ever do it because of what it would do to David. Roger states that the boy would eventually get over it. Bobby tells him to stop talking this way. He relates a story of a customer from New York who was always talking about killing himself and eventually did so. The police officer said the man was “mechanic depressive.”
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Part 1, Chapter 11 Summary
They all enjoy a feast of steak and potatoes, with trimmings, after the trying day. The men and boys praise Eddy’s excellence as a cook. Tom asks if they can go down to Mr. Bobby’s and trick the people on the yacht into thinking Andrew is a rummy. Thomas Hudson gives permission as long as they explain their game to the constable. Andrew says he will wait until after lunch so he will not get sick. Roger offers to go with Tom to prepare for the stunt. David is going to take a nap and then read.
Thomas Hudson spends the afternoon sketching in preparation for his painting of David and the fish. He discusses the details with David, who suggests that they ask Eddy, who has a keen eye and memory. David admires Eddy and wishes Roger were as happy as Eddie is. Thomas Hudson explains that Roger is more complicated than Eddy. Eddy does something well, and he does it every day.
Talk turns to the “pretend rummy business.” Thomas Hudson is only mildly concerned about what the yacht people will think. He asks David about other stunts he and his brothers have pulled in the past. Tom and Roger return and explain the preparations they have made with Bobby.
They go down to the bar, where the people from the yacht are sitting. Bobby plays his part, serving Roger and Thomas Hudson while showing his contempt for them. The yacht people are watching closely but politely. Bobby gives Andy a glass of gin, which is really tea Bobby has put into the bottle. Tom pretends to be in tears, begging Roger to stop drinking, saying he has writing he must do.
Bobby gives Andy a third “drink” and asks Thomas Hudson when he is going to get the painting of the waterspouts out of his bar. The man from the yacht interrupts and offers to buy the painting. Bobby continues to treat Roger and Thomas Hudson like contemptuous drunks, while he cheerfully refills Andy’s glass. He pretends he does not know to what painting the yacht man is referring. Another man suggests they leave, upset that Bobby is serving children liquor. A young girl joins in and agrees. They finally leave the bar. Another girl stays because she realizes it is a joke. The man who wants to purchase the painting repeats his offer, but Bobby refuses to sell. Thomas Hudson directs the man to his agent in New York, but the man continues to badger. Roger invites the young girl to come up to the house.
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Part 1, Chapter 12 Summary
The next day, Roger and the boys swim while Thomas Hudson works and thinks about the girl Roger picked up at the bar. She reminds him of Tom’s mother when he first met her. Roger carries David up from the beach so he will not get sand in his wounded feet. Thomas Hudson overhears the boy asking about the probability of the girl responding to Roger’s invitation. David says that Tom has declared he is in love with her.
As Roger dresses David’s feet, the girl arrives. She asks about David’s wounded feet. David tells her the story of the man who taught Tom backgammon. When the man revealed himself to be homosexual, Tom thanked him for teaching him the game and then ended their friendship. When David asks about the people on the yacht, the girl says she would rather discuss something else. Tom and Andrew come up to join them. When the girl (now identified as Audrey Bruce) expresses concern about swimming in the ocean, the boys reassure her. As they swim, Thomas Hudson admires her beauty but tries not to think about it.
As she sits with Roger on the beach, Audrey reveals that her real name is Raeburn and she knew Roger before, though he does not remember her. She has purposely followed him to Bimini. Once past the shock, Roger is very pleased. Tom also begins to remember. Audrey recalls him as a little boy in France. Andrew and David beg her to tell them about Paris, since they are going there for the rest of the summer. She tells them Roger was her hero. Thomas Hudson was as well, but he was married to Tom’s mother at the time. When they divorced, she wrote him a letter; she was ready to become his wife, but by then he had married David and Andrew’s mother. The boys ask her to stay with them. She tells them she will think about it. They offer to get a drink to help her think, though this is how the white slavers capture women, according to Tom.
Trying not to think about what he is overhearing, Thomas Hudson concentrates on his painting. Nevertheless, loneliness sweeps over him due to the implications of Audrey’s revelations. After he finishes, he goes down to talk to her. She hopes her coming will be good for Roger. As she leaves to dress for dinner, Thomas Hudson feels the happiness drain from him.
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Part 1, Chapter 13 Summary
The next few days with Audrey present are enjoyable, without any sadness over the boys’ imminent departure. When the yacht and its passengers leave, Audrey takes a room at the hotel but spends most of her time at Thomas Hudson’s home and often sleeps on the porch or in the guest room.
Nothing is said about Roger and Audrey being in love. Roger informs Thomas Hudson that it seems Audrey is married. Her husband is “a son of a bitch,” but he is rich, which Thomas Hudson speculates is his sole nice side. Roger decides he does not want to talk about it.
Thomas Hudson asks Roger if he is going to write his book after all. Roger says he is, and he mentions that Audrey wants him to. When Thomas Hudson asks him if that is the reason he is going to write it, Roger tells him to “shove it.”
When Thomas Hudson offers him the use of his house in Cuba, Roger declines, saying that he would rather go West if Thomas Hudson will let him stay at his ranch. Thomas Hudson readily agrees. The cabin on the far end of the lake is available even though the rest of the ranch is rented out.
The boys take Audrey fishing, which worries Thomas Hudson, but he knows that Roger and Eddie will watch out for them. Thomas Hudson stays at the house to work, painting a picture for Andy. He paints Andy catching a fish with the lighthouse in the background.
At the end of the boys’ stay, an amphibian plane comes to pick them up. They thank Thomas Hudson for the wonderful summer. Roger and Audrey are also on the dock, waving good-bye.
Thomas Hudson knows that Roger and Audrey will also be leaving soon. He asks Roger when he is leaving. Roger replies that he is leaving the next day. He has asked Fred Wilson to go back with him.
The next day, the farewell scene is repeated. Thomas Hudson kisses Audrey good-bye, and she returns his kiss. As she had cried when the boys left the day before, so she cries at her own departure. Thomas Hudson tells her to take care of Roger. She says she will try to. She thanks him for his kindness. Roger promises to write, and he promises that Audrey will write as well. When they have left, Thomas Hudson goes to Bobby’s. He and Bobby agree that it will be lonely, and they commiserate with each other.
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Part 1, Chapter 14 Summary
Thomas Hudson goes back to work but feels unhappy about the boys’ being gone. He thinks this is the normal loneliness he feels each time their visit ends, so he concentrates on his painting. His world ends when one of the island boys brings a radio message from the local post office. He signs for it, and the boy says, “We’re sorry, Mr. Tom.” Thomas Hudson tips the boy a shilling, but he returns it and leaves.
Thomas Hudson reads the message. Then he puts it in his pocket and goes out to sit on the porch. He reads the message again. It says that David and Andrew, along with their mother, were killed in a car accident near Biarritz. Everything is being taken care of until Thomas Hudson’s arrival. The message is signed by the Paris branch of his New York bank.
Eddy joins him on the porch. He heard about it from Joseph, who heard about it from one of the boys at the radio shack where the message was received. Eddy is in shock, unable to understand how something like this could happen. He feels sure that David was not driving, as does Thomas Hudson, though he says it does not matter anymore. The driver may have been their mother or perhaps the chauffeur. Eddy wonders if it could have been Andrew, since he was conceited enough. Thomas Hudson replies that he is not conceited now.
Thomas Hudson makes plans to have a plane sent to the island so he can make the trip to New York. Eddy asks him what to do while he is away. Thomas Hudson tells him just to look after things. He will leave checks for each month; he plans to be gone for some time. If there are storms, Eddy should get some good help for the boat and the house. Eddy promises to take care of everything.
Neither man can think of anything rational to say. Eddy says that at least they still have Young Tom. “For the time being,” Thomas Hudson replies. He sees the future lying blank ahead of him. Eddy suggests that he stay in Paris for a while, then go to the house in Cuba and have Young Tom join him there to keep each other company. Thomas Hudson agrees to the plan, but in the incomprehensibility of it all, he does not have much interest in his life to come.
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Part 1, Chapter 15 Summary
As Thomas Hudson crosses the Atlantic by boat, he reflects that, unlike Dante’s Inferno, hell is a ship designed for comfort taking him to a place he always looked forward to with anticipation but now views with dread. He boarded the ship early in New York to avoid meeting people who would feel compelled to express their condolences on the death of his sons. He had hoped he could come to terms with his sorrow, but he soon realized this is impossible. He decides to spend the passage drinking and reading. In the news magazines, he reads the report of the deaths of his boys and his ex-wife, but he feels nothing, most likely due to the whiskey.
Thomas Hudson wonders why the boys’ mother took them to Biarritz when St. Jean-de-Luz is so much better. When he thinks this in such a cold-hearted way, he realizes the alcohol is taking effect. He further thinks he should give them up, stop grieving, and get on with the business of life.
As the ship begins to move, Thomas Hudson berates himself for loving his sons too much. He also regrets ever loving their mother. He realizes the whiskey is taking over. His thoughts turn to Roger and Audrey. He wonders where they are so he can get in touch with them with the news. He thinks the bank will get in touch with Tom. He decides that he had better exercise the next day to sweat out all the alcohol.
In the night when he awakens, Thomas Hudson feels the movement of the boat and smells the scent of the sea and thinks for a moment that he is back on the island. Then he remembers, and he realizes that the past few days are not just a bad dream. He sees a tray of sandwiches that the steward brought in the evening before. Knowing that he needs to eat something, he eats a sandwich and a couple of apples, then has another drink. He finds that he enjoys drinking at night, though he had previously made it a rule to avoid this. Now it makes him feel good, as if he is breaking training. It is the first glimmer of happiness he has felt since he received the news of David and Andrew’s deaths. He reads magazine after magazine, priding himself in the belief that he has accomplished moving forward with his life.
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Part 2 Summary
As World War II begins, Thomas Hudson is living in Cuba with several cats and dogs. Boise, a special cat, stays away from Thomas Hudson when he is drunk, as do all but one of the other cats. Goats alone will approach him, lured by the magic word medicine. Boise becomes increasingly independent.
On a morning not long after his return from cruising the waters of the Gulf Stream on a reconnaissance mission, Thomas Hudson rises early, unable to sleep. There is little to eat because he was not expected to return so soon. He plans to take a four-day break from touring the region for German ocean craft. He observes Princessa, one of the older cats that reminds him of one of his lovers, an Italian princess whom he almost loved. Although she said she was in love with him, she resisted his advances at first. She was married but her husband was occupied elsewhere, so she and Thomas Hudson began an affair. Thomas Hudson had met the Prince on a hunting expedition in Africa, part of their trip around the world, and liked him. During the trip through the Holy Land, the would-be lovers were nearly desperate to find a place to make love. The Princess had never yet been unfaithful to her husband, nor did she want to hurt him, but she could not resist Thomas Hudson.
The Princess considered the possibility of getting pregnant by Thomas Hudson. Once they made love, she would have to sleep with her husband as soon as possible just in case. They went to Thomas Hudson’s cabin, and they made love three times. Afterward, Thomas Hudson returned to the bar and later had a drink with the Prince, who wandered by. In Marseilles, Thomas Hudson was informed that the Prince knew about his wife’s affair all along.
Back in the present, Thomas Hudson argues with Mario, the servant, about breakfast and the cats. After breakfast, he bathes and dresses for the day. He visits his numerous dogs (as well as the ever-present cats). His chauffeur drives Thomas Hudson through the village. He notices the squalor of the village, then they pass on to the highway. He suggests to the chauffeur that he might coast downhill to save on gas, but the chauffeur does not worry about this because it is government gas. Thomas Hudson reflects that he really does not like the chauffeur. They pass a spot where a horrendous murder had taken place some time before. Thomas Hudson had given up doing any work...
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Part 3, Chapter 1 Summary
Thomas Hudson patrols the waters of the Caribbean Sea, searching the islands of the Gulf Stream for signs of Nazis. As he patrols the beach of a seemingly deserted island with his troop of Basque irregular soldiers, he sees no sign of the shacks that he knew used to be there—nor are there any boats. He double-checks with his mate to make sure they are in the right location. The mate assures him that there should be a village there. Thomas Hudson moves the cruiser closer to the beach.
Thomas Hudson orders his mate to take three of the men and go on shore to investigate. The men are to take on the disguise of a team of scientists, carrying no weapons but machetes and wearing no uniforms but wide straw hats. While they row ashore, Thomas Hudson thinks that he should have gone with them, but he is exhausted from work and lack of sleep. He dozes until the men return. He can tell from the looks on their faces that something is wrong. The mate reports that all the shacks were burned about a week ago. Bodies of both men and women lie in the ashes, partially devoured by land crabs. Thomas Hudson asks if they brought back water. One of the Basques, Ara, replies that he did and that he tasted it to see if it was all right. Thomas Hudson says this was not a good idea because it might have been poisoned.
Thomas Hudson decides he must go ashore after all. He takes a gun, a knife, and a spoon. On the beach he and his men spread out and look for clues as to who murdered the villagers. Thomas Hudson looks out at the sea, where the wind blows heavily but without any sign of rain. He reflects that people are always waiting for something that never comes. He searches the sand for clues but finds nothing. He uses the spoon to dig into the charred bodies and finds bullets. A crab approaches him with signs of attack. Thomas Hudson pulls out his revolver and shoots it.
Thomas Hudson goes back to the beach and sees one of the men, Willie, diving for conchs. He washes off the bullets to examine them more closely. They are from a German machine pistol. When he shows this to some of the other men, they are very happy. As he waits for all the men to return, he looks at the landscape with the eye of the artist he is. He is confident that Ara will find something. He lies back on the sand and waits. He promises his pistol that he will find something larger than crabs for it to kill.
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Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary
Thomas Hudson looks out at the line of surf and tries not to think about the situation, but he has it all figured out by the time Ara and Henry appear. The two men report that they found one German, dead, shot in the base of the spine and again at the base of the neck. Ara has brought the bullets, and Thomas Hudson reports that he has found some just like them.
Henry asks Thomas Hudson his thoughts on the reason the German was killed, but Thomas Hudson has no clue. From the fact that the Germans took the village’s boats he surmises that they had not come to make repairs on their own. Henry apologizes for sounding unintelligent, but he wants to do what he can and is glad that they have at last made contact with the enemy. Thomas Hudson corrects him, stating that they have not made contact, but they do have a scent.
Henry wants to know who killed the German sailor he and Ara found. Thomas Hudson speculates that, since he was shot in the spine, it was “family trouble.” To save the sailor from a slow death, somewhat shot him in the neck to put him out of his misery. The empty shell casings were removed, so he also deduces that the shooter is very methodical.
Ara asks where the Germans would take the boats. Thomas Hudson points out that they must have headed South because they cannot go North. Although he does not have much information, Thomas Hudson assures his crew they will get the Germans eventually.
The Germans have taken all the animals, and Thomas Hudson points out they will have to feed them. Ara goes to round up the other men, and Henry goes to haul water. Henry asks yet again if they will capture the Germans, begging forgiveness for being stupid. Thomas Hudson warns him they will have to fight. Henry promises to do his duty. He wishes he could practice fighting because it has been a long time since he has been in battle.
Ara asks Thomas Hudson where the Germans lost their boat. He assumes it was near their present location. Ara and Henry leave, and Thomas Hudson tries to take a nap, but he cannot sleep. He thinks of the inhumanity of the Germans. He also speculates on the possibility of an attack on Cuba. With that, he at last falls asleep.
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Part 3, Chapter 3 Summary
Thomas Hudson dreams that his son Tom was not shot down and that Andrew and David were not killed in the automobile accident with their mother. He dreams the war is over. Tom’s mother is sleeping with him, lying on top of him as she occasionally liked to do. He can feel her body against him. He moistens his .357 Magnum and places it where it should be. He draws his ex-wife’s hair around him like a curtain and begins to move slowly and rhythmically.
Henry pulls a light blanket over Thomas Hudson, who in his sleep thanks him for being so moist and lovely, for pressing on him so hard, and for not being too thin. Henry expresses pity for Thomas Hudson and walks away carrying two containers on his shoulders.
Back in Thomas Hudson’s dream, his ex-wife says she thought he wanted her thin because she felt like a young goat, that nothing felt better than a young goat. Thomas Hudson asks which one is going to make love to the other. She suggests both of them, unless he wants something different. He wants her to make love to him because he is so tired. She calls him lazy and asks if she can take off his pistol since it is the way of everything. He tells her to lay it by the bed and to make everything as it should be.
When all is settled, she asks him if she should be he or vice versa. He gives her first choice, so she decides to be him. He says he cannot be she, but he will try. She tells him to let go, to lose everything and take everything too. He does and proclaims it wonderful.
She asks Thomas Hudson if he knows what they have. He says he does, and it is easy to give up. She asks him if he will give up everything and if he is glad she brought the boys back as well as coming back herself to be a devil in the night. He says he is glad of everything. He asks her to swing her hair back around him and to hold him so tightly that it kills him.
Thomas Hudson awakens and does not realize at first that it was a dream. All the hollowness he had felt is increased because of the dream. He goes back to sleep and does not dream again before the men come to awaken him.
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Part 3, Chapter 4 Summary
Thomas Hudson steers the cruiser all night; first Ara accompanies him on the bridge and then Henry comes after midnight. The seas are heavy with waves, and Thomas Hudson tells Ara to talk to him about something, anything. Ara tells him that Peters could not raise Guantanamo by radio. Thomas Hudson tells him that Peters had burnt out something on the radio that cannot be repaired. Willie is keeping Peters awake, Ara says. Thomas Hudson wonders who is keeping Willie awake.
Ara asks Thomas Hudson how badly he feels. Thomas Hudson muses about how badly he could possibly feel. Henry comes up and relieves Ara, stating that Peters has reached Miami and is listening to all the police prowl cars. He has heard some “chatter” in German but cannot place it.
Thomas Hudson does not feel like talking with Henry. After an hour, Henry reports a light off the starboard bow, but they lose it. Thomas Hudson tells him to fetch Juan to help look because he was slow to spot the light. Henry apologizes and suggests having a four-man team perform lookout, but Thomas Hudson will wait for that until just before daylight. He speculates that the German ship might be headed toward Cuba. Eventually they will need to get water and food. He is certain he will be able to capture them within a week. They will probably run only at night and lay up during the day.
Thomas Hudson warns himself not to do anything in a bloodthirsty way. He knows none of this will bring anything back. He should be glad he has some work to do to keep him occupied. He asks the other men what they see, but they only see ocean until Henry announces he sees land. Thomas Hudson thanks Henry (who thus redeems his earlier lapse) for his good work and sends the other men below for coffee.
The next crew of four comes topside, and Thomas Hudson assigns them each a quadrant to watch. He learns that Peters and Willie drank whiskey but still managed to stay awake all night. The boat will have to fill up with gas soon, but a pig can be caught on a nearby island for food. He speculates that there is probably only the German U-boat out in the nearby ocean. Thomas Hudson complains that things go slowly for him. His mate suggests that he get some sleep, and then everything will go much faster.
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Part 3, Chapter 5 Summary
Thomas Hudson guides the cruiser to the island, where a radio shack is partially hidden by a wrecked ship. He maneuvers the boat safely through the reef and anchors in the shelter of a half-moon beach. All that can be seen at the radio shack is a new Cuban flag flapping in the breeze. He finds the drums of gas where he had left them. Terns are flying overhead, calling sadly. Thomas Hudson guesses that someone is hunting terns’ eggs for breakfast.
Thomas Hudson wonders why the Germans did not take the island when they could have conquered it so easily. Then he sees the Lieutenant coming down the path to the beach. He greets Thomas Hudson, who invites him on board for a beer. The Lieutenant declines and tells him that his supplies, beer, and ice were delivered a few days previously. The ice is buried, and the supplies have been delivered to his house.
The Lieutenant tells Thomas Hudson that a German submarine was sunk, but it is not the one Thomas Hudson is seeking because this happened ten days previously, before he left. Another submarine supposedly shot down a blimp two days before. Also, a pig that was brought especially for Thomas Hudson swam out to sea and drowned. The Lieutenant expresses his regrets about the pig. He is under orders to do anything he can for Thomas Hudson, with the stipulation that he is not to ask any questions.
Thomas Hudson asks if the Lieutenant has seen any sponging or turtle boats from the Bahamas. The Lieutenant replies that it is unlikely they would come this far when their own waters are so well stocked, but two turtle boats did in fact come recently. This interests Thomas Hudson when he learns the helmsmen were white. The Lieutenant signaled them but received no reply.
Thomas Hudson asks the Lieutenant to radio three messages for him. He plans to load the supplies on the boat as soon as possible and go back out to sea. The Lieutenant surprises him by stating that chickens are among the supplies. Thomas Hudson offers to split them with the Lieutenant. He tells him that if any more perishable supplies arrive, he is to use them himself. Thomas Hudson then warns the Lieutenant to stay in a state of defense. The submarine that fired at the blimp is most likely still near. The Lieutenant agrees to keep his eyes open.
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Part 3, Chapter 6 Summary
The cruiser, now fully restocked, sails inside the reef close to the coast. One watch is below, cleaning the chickens for dinner. As he looks over the side, Thomas Hudson sees patches of chicken feathers floating by. Two signs attached to the sides of the boat announce the scientific nature of the vessel as a decoy.
Thomas Hudson tells Ara to take the boat in as close as possible without hitting any sandbars. He wants to check at the head of Cayo Cruz in case the fishermen there have spotted anything. Ara is finding the sailing difficult because of high winds.
Thomas Hudson wonders about the absence of signals from the German boat; he thinks they lost their radio in a collision. Other than that, he realizes he has very little information. He has no clue as to the number of people or the type of weapons they possess. He hopes to find some sign between Cayo Cruz and Megano. He reflects that at least it keeps his mind off things. All that there is for him now is the boat, the men, and the hunt for the Germans. However, he cannot think of them as murderers and feel righteous in his quest. He has no feelings. He believes that men on both sides are murderers. This mission is something to be done but not necessarily something of which to be proud.
Thomas Hudson takes the wheel and tells Ara to keep a lookout on the starboard side. Ara suggests a four-man crew for lookout, but Thomas Hudson says that the need for that will come later. Ara chides him for not getting enough rest, but Thomas Hudson brushes him off.
Ara does not see the Germans as mindless killers, only as soldiers doing what is necessary, including killing one of their own men if it is called for. Ara urges Thomas Hudson to relax and read the way he used to do. Thomas Hudson promises he will read, relax, and sleep that night. Ara says they will catch the Germans or drive them into another’s hands because they have pride, a pride without vanity. All the men on the boat have that pride, and Ara tells Thomas Hudson that he must have it too. Thomas Hudson thanks him and says he feels discouraged sometimes. Ara tells him that pride in excess is a sin, but Thomas Hudson must gain some pride for all their sakes.
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Part 3, Chapter 7 Summary
As the cruiser anchors off the protected side of Cayo Cruz, Thomas Hudson tells his mate they will put out another anchor because he is unsure of the sea bottom at this point. He maneuvers the boat forward slowly, watching the grass along the banks. Even with the second anchor set, the boat rides roughly on the wind-tormented waves. Thomas Hudson sees no other choice but to let her roll. The mate puts the dinghy out into the water. The number of lines leading off from the boat makes Thomas Hudson think it looks like a spider.
Thomas Hudson tells his mate to put an outboard motor on the dinghy because he intends to go on land. The mate objects, saying that he will take Ara and Willie as well as another party in to Megano. Thomas Hudson warns him that they are supposed to be scientists.
From how his men are handling him, Thomas Hudson surmises that he must really need some rest, though he does not feel either sleepy or tired. He asks his mate to bring him an air mattress, a couple of cushions, and a drink.
Thomas Hudson settles down to read and rest; Henry is very solicitous. When Thomas Hudson asks him why he rates such service, Henry explains that the crew talked it over and agreed that he needed some rest. He says that Thomas Hudson has been pushing himself far past the point that a man can stand. Thomas Hudson explains that his problem is not fatigue but apathy. Rather than continue to argue, however, he agrees to rest. Henry will search Megano, where Willie and Ara have already gone. Peters has been working on the radio all afternoon and it is now fixed. Thomas Hudson tells him to wake him when he returns, should he be asleep.
Henry is handed up a big drink from below, which he gives to Thomas Hudson with the suggestion that he drink it, read, and go to sleep. He assures Thomas Hudson that everything will be fine. Henry goes below and Thomas Hudson hears the outboard coming in. He listens to the talking then takes his drink and throws it over the side. Thinking about the turtle boats that were spotted, he wonders if they had wounded men aboard but decides that they probably did not. He resolves to rest and to “be good.”
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Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary
Ara and Willie come back to the boat and announce that they have caught a German. The prisoner is lying in the stern; he is blond and emaciated. With the sun shining through his long hair, he looks like a saint. Ara says he and Willie tried to get him to talk without success. He also warns Thomas Hudson to stand downwind to avoid the odor. Peters, who speaks German, asks him if he wants anything, but the prisoner says nothing. Thomas Hudson it is important for him to know how many Germans there are. He says nothing is important. Thomas Hudson offers him morphine, but the German says he does not hurt anymore. Peters speaks to him rapidly in German, but Thomas Hudson warns him to say only what he tells him to say. He has Peters tell the prisoner that he can be made to tell, but the German says no. Thomas orders him to be given some warm soup and cognac. He also offers again to give him morphine. The German thanks him but says he really does not need it although he could have used it last week; now it is better to save it. Thomas Hudson expresses his admiration.
The other men arrive and Thomas Hudson warns them to stay away from the stern because he has a “Kraut” dying back there and wants him to be able to die easy. Henry reports that they found nothing on their search. The Germans had made a shelter for the prisoner. Ara notices his wounds are gangrenous. Ara says he did not have a weapon on him when they found him, but it looked as though the Germans had made the shelter for their wounded comrade the day before. Willie suggests offering him some chicken, and Henry thinks it might help him to talk, but Thomas Hudson tells them not to bother him. He is a good Kraut, he says. Willie asks him if he is going to be a Kraut lover. Thomas Hudson tells him to shut up. Later, when they are alone, he tells Willie to finish the rest of his thoughts. Willie believes Thomas Hudson is soft toward the German because he is sad his own son died. He expresses further dissatisfaction about multiple issues. Thomas Hudson lets him talk himself out.
Peters arrives to tell them the German is dead. Thomas Hudson orders him to get on the radio and try to raise Guantanamo. He tells Willie to undress the German and take photographs of him. Ara offers to take the body to shore to bury it. They are to put up a board with the words “Unknown German Soldier” with the date. Ara asks Thomas Hudson what it is like to be the commander of the ship....
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Part 3, Chapter 9 Summary
The next morning Thomas Hudson looks at the barometer and notices that it is falling lower. The mate tells him that the squalls are going into the south. Thomas Hudson goes up on deck and scrubs the stern where the German died. He then goes up to the flying bridge and waits for dawn. The mate, Ara, and Gil hoist the dinghy aboard, then the mate pumps the bilges and checks the motors to make sure they are ready for business. Thomas Hudson is concerned that there was so much water in the boat, but the mate says there was a loose stuffing box that he has tightened a little. The anchor is hoisted and they set out.
Thomas Hudson asks if Peters ever raised Guantanamo on the radio again but learns that the radio burned. Thomas Hudson and Ara look back to see the high, piled clouds over the land—this is a sure sign of coming squalls. Thomas Hudson asks what Ara would do if he were a German and saw that sky. Ara says he would try to get inside the island chain away from the open ocean and hope to find a guide from the island.
The day is calm and beautiful despite the threat of storm. Thomas Hudson thinks of the dishonesty of the sky. It seems friendly but is intent on destroying them. A stream can be friendly and trustworthy, but the ocean will always lie to you before it pounces. The cruiser moves down the channel but sees nothing but calm. Thomas Hudson decides to head in to Anton to try to work it all out while the storm blows. A plane flies overhead and Thomas Hudson orders that they fly a big flag announcing their mission as a scientific team. The plane buzzes them then heads off. Thomas Hudson speculates that the plane could radio their position in. Soon they see the plane heading back, which confirms to Thomas Hudson that it will report them. He pilots the boat into the green keys in search of an open canal. He tells Ara to have Antonio put a feather out; by this he can track the flow of water and get his bearing. Henry spots a big fish he would like to catch. Thomas Hudson announces that he is going to anchor while the men watch the leaping fish. Thomas Hudson says he is going for gas so that they can keep moving and beat the squall.
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Part 3, Chapter 10 Summary
Thomas Hudson, Ara, and Willie pilot the dinghy toward the key’s shore. They carry with them submachine guns, which they have dubbed “the little children.” When they land, the men spread out to search the island. Willie asks if he may shoot any Krauts he finds, but Thomas Hudson tells him to leave at least one alive.
Thomas Hudson enjoys being on land again but is spooked by the eerie calm that comes before the inevitable storm, which is fast approaching, as he can see from the accumulating clouds. He does not believe there is anything on the island, but it must still be searched carefully. He berates himself for not knowing more about the Germans they are following, for not searching the hut or examining the tracks. He questioned Willie and Ara, who are good, but he should have gone himself. He knows it is his duty to get the Germans, but he has a “fellow death house feeling” about them. He does not hate them but knows they must be killed.
Thomas Hudson notices no tracks except those of a sea turtle that had come ashore to lay her eggs. He wishes to dig for the eggs, but he notices the clouds becoming ever darker. He sees nothing else but heron on land and schools of fish in the water. He walks faster to see where Ara left the dinghy. He would like to lie down and take a rest but decides to wait and sleep that night on the flying bridge. He feels that he almost has a relationship with that deck, almost as if it is a woman by whom he must do right.
Focusing on the beach, Thomas Hudson thinks he could have just as well sent someone else in his place. He cannot keep from thinking of things other than the beach. He hopes that Willie or Ara has found something because this is the most likely place that the Germans would have come. He climbs into the dinghy and starts off in search of Willie and Ara. He sees Willie by some mangrove trees. Then he sees a mast sticking up past the mangroves and Ara lying behind a small sand dune, spying over the top. He brings the dinghy close and Ara climbs in. Ara tells Thomas Hudson that the boat is definitely German, but it is abandoned. Otherwise he saw nothing. They spot Willie and pick him up. Willie tells them that he spotted a latrine used by the Germans; he speculates there might have been up to eight of them. He thinks they picked up a fisherman as a guide. They also have one wounded man with them. It begins to rain as the squall moves in, which makes it difficult...
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Part 3, Chapter 11 Summary
After the rain stops, the boat is checked for leaks in the drought-shrunken wood. The duties handed out, Thomas Hudson takes his air mattress and gun and heads to the flying bridge. He wants to lie down and think about nothing, which he is sometimes able to do. He feels clean from the scrubbing down he did in the rain. He knows there is no use in thinking about his ex-wife, Tom’s mother, and his life with her. He knows there is no use thinking about Tom, now killed in the war. He had stopped thinking about it as soon as he received the news. He does not think about the other boys, whom he also lost. He has become good at not thinking. Perhaps he will go to sleep and have good or funny dreams. He knows Ara or Henry will awaken him if Peters receives any messages on the radio.
He quickly falls asleep and dreams he is a boy again. He is riding up a steep canyon that opens out onto a sandbar by a clear river. He watches the trout at the bottom of the river; they jump out of the water to catch flies.
Ara wakes him up. A message has been received: "Continue carefully searching westward." There is also a code name at the end. Thomas Hudson thanks Ara and tells him to give him anything else that comes in. Ara tells him to go back to sleep. Thomas Hudson tells him he was having a fine dream when Ara awakened him, but Ara tells him not to tell him and then maybe it will come true.
Thomas Hudson goes back to sleep. He smiles in his sleep, thinking he is carrying out orders and continuing to search westward. He thinks they probably did not mean this far westward (out in the western United States of his boyhood). He dreams that the cabin burned and that someone killed his pet fawn. He also dreams that someone killed his dog, which he finds by a tree. Thomas Hudson wakes up sweating. He decides that dreams are not the solution. He decides he will go ahead and think it out. He will never have good dreams anymore, so he might as well give up on sleep.
He thinks about the wounded German. They evidently had time to get dressings for his wound; Thomas Hudson wonders if they had time to get other supplies. He speculates as to what they could have done since leaving the key. He decides to switch and think of something cheerful. He goes back to sleep and sleeps until two hours before daylight. This time he sleeps without dreaming.
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Part 3, Chapter 12 Summary
In the morning, Thomas Hudson guides the cruiser down the channel, which is rocky and dangerous but safer than sailing down the inside of the keys. Antonio joins him and comments on the coming heat of the day, similar to the day before. Thomas Hudson plans to check with the keeper of the lighthouse to find out any news of the Germans. Antonio offers to go on land to ask because he knows the lighthouse keeper.
The other men come up on deck. They speak of the ships they have seen in the past, much bigger than any ships they were acquainted with. Willie reminds them that they are not searching for submarines or aircraft carriers but a small half-open boat. They approach the lighthouse, and Antonio catches a barracuda to take as a gift. They catch more fish for themselves, though Thomas Hudson regrets the lost time. Willie and Henry get into an argument. Thomas Hudson warns Henry to go easy on Willie, who is valuable to him on this expedition. Henry promises to try to not needle him. Willie comes back with a sandwich for Thomas Hudson, but he has clearly started drinking already, despite the early hour. Thomas Hudson berates him for getting drunk so early, but Willie claims he is ill and needs the ship’s surgeon (meaning the bathroom). Ara and Henry discuss Willie’s seeming slide to craziness. Ara says that Willie has suffered, but Ara points out that Thomas Hudson has suffered as well, and he is drinking only iced tea.
Thomas Hudson approaches the island where the lighthouse sits. There are wild horses, cattle, and hogs on the island, which shows that someone thought they would colonize it but did not succeed. All the houses are abandoned except the one big one for the lighthouse keeper. Ara returns with the news that Willie is more than drunk. There seems to be something seriously wrong with him. Thomas Hudson suggests that they keep Willie out of the sun. They suggest dropping Willie somewhere like Havana, where he can get medical attention or whatever he needs.
Antonio returns with no news from the lighthouse keeper. He says the Germans must have passed in the night. Thomas Hudson decides to go searching along a few other coasts, and he keeps a four-man watch on deck to spot any signs. He goes below to check on Willie, who apologizes for being a problem. He promises that he will stop drinking, though he drinks to find some relief from his troubled head.
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Part 3, Chapter 13 Summary
Thomas Hudson and his men search the beach at Puerto Coco and look for tracks or signs that the turtle boat containing the Germans might have passed that way. As on the day before, the squalls put a halt to their search. Thomas Hudson only finds a lagoon filled with tropical birds taking shelter from the coming storm. Other than signs of an old campfire, there is nothing, and Ara picks him up in the dinghy. Ara tells him that no one else found any signs either. All are on board but Willie, who had taken the longest search. Ara hopes the rain will cool Willie off. He asks Thomas Hudson where he thinks the Germans have gone. Thomas Hudson thinks they are at Guillermo because that is where he would have gone if he had been in their place.
On board, Thomas Hudson dries off and changes clothes, then he joins the others who have returned for a drink. He does not want to drink rum but decides it would look pompous if he does not because all the others are. He splits a drink with Peters. Peters drinks a toast to Thomas Hudson, who will not return the toast until he has all the radios functioning.
Thomas Hudson goes back up on deck and reflects that he cannot feel the same about Peters as he does the others. He feels that he is in some way false but will eventually become true. Willie returns but has seen nothing. They haul the wrapped submachine guns on board. Willie says they should clean the guns right away, but Ara says the two of them must dry themselves first. Willie points out that the Germans can sail in the squalls if they want to. He speculates that they lay up in the calm of day then sail during the storms because they know their pursuers will not risk following them. Thomas Hudson repeats his belief that they will catch the Germans at Guillermo. Willie regrets that they do not have radar, but Thomas Hudson does not see how this would be of much help. Willie wants to catch the Germans and kill all of them, but Thomas Hudson asks him what the point of this would be. Willie reminds him of a previous massacre by the Germans, but Thomas Hudson does not want to hear this. He wants living prisoners who can give information.
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Part 3, Chapter 14 Summary
There is a heavy storm overnight, which prevents Peters from hearing anything over the radio. The humidity brings out sand flies that are worse than mosquitoes. Thomas Hudson sprays bug repellent over Peters, waking him, as well as the rest of the crew. He hears two planes flying high overhead. Perhaps they are bombers, he thinks. He wants to get this mission over with. There is only one bad place left to sail through, and then they can go on to Guillermo.
At daylight they are underway with Gil watching the shoreline. Ara wonders where the Dawn Patrol is. Willie says it must be Sunday because they don’t patrol on Sundays. Thomas Hudson fears the Germans on their turtle boat have sailed through the pass at Guillermo and beyond their reach. Willie and Henry bicker until Thomas Hudson stops them. They see nothing but terns and gulls feeding. Ara wants to sail a little more closely to the shore. Antonio says they have enough depth to sail through.
Although they search Cayo Guillermo diligently through the binoculars, they see nothing. The sea is become rougher, but Thomas Hudson knows where the wreck is that they must avoid. Ara announces that he sees smoke but no ship mast. Thomas Hudson tells everyone to go to their stations. As they come around the wreck, he sees a shack with smoke coming from it, but there is no sign of boats. Antonio and Ara land and walk toward the shack; a woman comes out. Another woman with a baby also comes out to talk to the men. The men return to the boat and say the women are wives of fishermen, who are out fishing. The woman with the baby saw a turtle boat go into an inside channel about an hour and a half ago. The tide is dropping fast, but Thomas Hudson decides to go ahead and follow the turtle boat into the channel. Piloting carefully with Thomas Hudson at the wheel, the cruiser moves through the shallow waters. As they approach Cayo Contrabando, the channel becomes narrower. They follow stakes that have been placed to mark sand bars. Thomas Hudson knows this situation is not good, but he reasons that it is not good for the Germans either. He asks Antonio’s advice but does not agree with Antonio’s suggestion that they wait until the tide rises. The east wind is blowing the water out. Thomas Hudson curses the east wind. This is a great blasphemy for the watermen, but he does not apologize; he only repeats it. Eventually, despite their best efforts, they run aground in the channel.
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Part 3, Chapter 15 Summary
The cruiser has run aground in a place where there should have been an identifying stake. The men hope the wind will rise and push them against the flood of the outgoing tide. They arrange the anchors to get the best possible leverage. If the wind blows until the middle of the night, they might be able to break out of the mud and find a place in the bay.
Thomas Hudson feels reprieved now that they are stuck—it is like the reprieve felt after suffering a wound. The reprieve is only temporary and soon he will have to take up the search once again. Ara consoles him with the idea that the Germans might be just around the corner. Thomas Hudson tells him to see that the men are fed and cheerful. Afterward, he, Willie, and Peters will go in and check the key. As the men eat, Thomas Hudson searches the key with the glasses but sees nothing. He is happy to be alone on the bridge. He remembers shooting birds when he was a boy. He could not kill them now. He sweeps the horizon with the glasses once more but again sees nothing. He thinks it would be nice if someone else caught the Germans because he knows he will have to fight them if he catches up to them.
Feeling tired of thinking as he assumes the Germans think, Thomas Hudson is grateful for duty since young Tom died. It gives him a sense of purpose that painting does not. Ara comes up on deck to see if he wants to eat, but he is not hungry. He watches the flamingos flying low over the water. He sees them swing sharply to the right instead of flying across to the key. To him this is a warning signal. He calls to Ara and tells him to check on the submachine guns. Willie comes up and also notices the flamingos. Willie volunteers to go check out the situation with Peters. With Thomas Hudson, these men will use the dinghy to investigate. The three of them will come alongside the turtle boat and board at the same time. If they are below decks, Peters will call out to them in German to come out with their hands up. If they do not come out, Willie will throw in a grenade. Willie wants to know if they will be doing all this in daylight. Thomas Hudson replies that they are making their move now.
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Part 3, Chapter 16 Summary
Thomas Hudson, Willie, and Peters spy the turtle boat as they round the point of the key. It is close to the shore and covered with vines as a means of camouflage. Willie notes that the skiff is missing, so some of the Germans must be on shore. Thomas Hudson gives the word that they are to board and sink the boat.
Thomas Hudson brings the dinghy alongside the boat without a sound, and the three men climb on board. The hatch is open and covered with branches. No one is on deck. Thomas Hudson waves Willie forward past the hatch. He tells Peters to tell them in German to come out with their hands up, which Peters does. No one answers, and nothing happens. At Thomas Hudson’s command, Peters tells them they have ten seconds to come out. If they do so, they will be treated as prisoners of war. Peters then counts to ten. He then places, not throws, a grenade inside the hatch. As the grenade explodes, Thomas Hudson covers the hatch with his submachine gun. Willie throws another grenade into the forward hatch. Thomas Hudson sees the muzzle of a gun come up from between the branches on the hatch where Willie is standing. He fires at the gun, but it fires first. Willie’s grenade explodes. Through the dense smoke, Thomas Hudson sees Willie pull the pin on another grenade and throw that one in as well. He sees that Peters is on his side with his head on the gunwale; blood is running from his head. Willie’s second grenade explodes deeper inside the boat. Thomas Hudson pulls the pin on another grenade and throws it down into the stern. In the explosion, pieces of the deck come flying up.
Willie is by Peters, looking at him. Thomas Hudson comes over to look at him too and understands he is dead. Willie coolly states that they have lost their interpreter. Thomas Hudson notices that the boat is settling fast into the water. Willie points out that it was already aground, but now it is just sliding over to the side. Willie states that they are even with the Germans—one killed on each side—and at least they sank the boat. Thomas Hudson tells him to go back to the cruiser and bring Ara and Henry and also to have Antonio bring her abreast of the turtle boat as soon as the tide loosens it from the mud. Willie says he will be the one to check below. He offers to get some kind of rag to put on Peters’s face. Thomas Hudson asks after the condition of the German. Willie says he is a mess.
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Part 3, Chapter 17 Summary
As Willie goes back to the cruiser to bring Ara and Henry, Thomas Hudson looks down on Peters. He realizes he never noticed the radio operator was so tall. Before Willie had left, he and Thomas Hudson explored the German turtle boat and found it a mess. There had been only one German on board, the one who had shot Peters, mistaking him for an officer. The men who had taken the skiff to shore had also evidently taken weapons because there was only one pistol and some ammunition on board. The man left on board had been the wounded soldier, shot through the thigh.
Thomas Hudson wonders what the Germans are doing at that moment. They most likely heard the explosions and saw one man leave in the dinghy. He thinks they will most likely go inside the mangroves and hide the skiff. From there, they can easily ambush Thomas Hudson and the others. Then they will make their way to Havana to join one of the German outfits there; they can easily steal a better boat than the one they had. Thomas Hudson plans to go to Cayo Frances, gas up, and leave Peters there. He refuses to put Willie, Ara, and Henry in line for a massacre at the mangroves. He is pretty sure there are eight Germans still left.
Thomas Hudson reasons that the Germans are left with only a skiff, but he still refuses to engage them because it will be eight men against three. Thomas Hudson begins to think why the Germans have done what they have done. He doubts that he has them figured out properly. He begins to second-guess his past actions.
The dinghy returns with Ara in the stern. Willie and Henry are not visible but are lying flat on the bottom. Thomas Hudson is impressed with Willie’s thinking. If the Germans see the boat, they will think it is carrying only one man. He maneuvers the dinghy to the far side of the boat, and Henry climbs on board. Henry crawls across the deck to a post on the bow. Willie is still lying on the bottom of the dinghy, clearly nervous. He tells Thomas Hudson that he will go to the far side of the key and scout the area. Thomas Hudson does not want him to go alone, but Willie feels this is the only way. Reluctantly, Thomas Hudson agrees. Ara pilots the dinghy close to the beach. Left alone with Henry, the two men discuss Willie’s bravery. Henry regrets that he has not been friends with Willie but vows to be so from now on.
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Part 3, Chapter 18 Summary
As Thomas Hudson waits for Willie with Henry, he thinks of his fate and that had they taken the open sea instead of going into the channel, Peters would be alive and they would all be sitting around drinking beer that night. He tries not to think about that because this is his job. He checks on Henry, who wonders if frag bombs can explode from the intense heat of the sun. He hopes Ara has some water in the dinghy but does not think they put any in before they left.
The sound of the outboard motor of the dinghy is heard, and it comes around the point. It is riding high, and Ara is in the stern. He notices birds rising up and flying away. Henry speculates that Willie is well into the key. Ara climbs on board, carrying water and tea. He lies down low beside the two men. He tells Thomas Hudson that they saw nothing. He landed Willie on the far side. Ara then went out to the ship and explained everything to Antonio. He then filled up with gas and grabbed some provisions before returning straight to the turtle boat.
The three men lie low on the deck, watching the key. They see birds fly up and know either Willie or the Germans frightened them. The birds are dead giveaways to anyone’s location. They trace Willie’s progress across the key by the birds’ flight. Ara soon spots him on the beach, lying down to avoid being sighted. Ara slides over into the dinghy and casts off. Soon the dinghy returns with Willie lying in the bottom. His hands and face are scratched and bloody, bumpy from mosquito bites. He tells Thomas Hudson that there was nothing on the key. He does not think the Germans were over there. He believes they went inside the keys after they grounded the turtle boat. He is not sure if they spotted Thomas Hudson and the others. They decide to load Peters in the dinghy to be returned to the cruiser. As Ara places Peters in the dinghy, he notes how stiff he is relative to how limber he was in life.
Thomas Hudson and Henry look out from the hatches. They no longer whisper because they know the Germans cannot be close. Thomas Hudson looks around the boat and throws the ammunition over the side. He keeps the pistol even though it is not functioning. He wonders if the Germans left the wounded man behind as a “reception committee.” Henry thinks they should have kept the ammunition for evidence. Thomas Hudson says they have more than enough evidence already. Ara returns and Thomas Hudson tells Henry to stay on...
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Part 3, Chapter 19 Summary
Back on the cruiser, Thomas Hudson talks over the situation with Antonio. The high tide will not come until after eleven o’clock that night. The wind may be pushing the water out of the bay, so the water still may not be deep enough to get the boat out of the mud. Antonio, however, is confident that it will float. George and Gil have gone out to stake the channel in the places where it is shallow so they will be able to maneuver the boat on the way out. Thomas Hudson wants to go to the turtle boat and shine a light on it. If one of his men is on the boat, he can blink a light at them if the Germans come out in the skiff. However, Antonio thinks it will be too dark. Thomas Hudson agrees because he has been wrong twice that day. Antonio reminds him that, to the Germans, they will look like a pleasure craft and not worth their trouble. Thomas Hudson calls up Willie and asks his opinion. Willie agrees with Antonio and points out to Thomas Hudson that he has now been wrong three times that day.
Thomas Hudson is sure the Germans saw the dinghy going out to the turtle boat. Therefore, they will believe the boat is a trap and will not go near it. He wonders if they will come out to the cruiser. He tells Willie to lay a booby trap in the turtle boat while it is still light. Willie agrees with the plan. Thomas Hudson warns him not to blow himself up. Willie tells Thomas Hudson to get some rest because he is going to be up all night.
Antonio tells Thomas Hudson the tide has turned but is fighting with the current caused by the strong wind. Thomas Hudson tells him to fix the crew some dinner. He asks Antonio how much ice they have. Antonio says they enough for a week unless they use too much preserving Peters’s body. He suggests burying Peters at sea. Antonio persistently urges Thomas Hudson to have a drink, and Thomas Hudson finally gives in.
Thomas Hudson tries to think what the Germans will do that night, but he does not succeed. He has trouble thinking at all. When Antonio brings him a drink, he remembers his promise to himself not to drink this trip so that he will not think of anything but work. He had also planned to drive himself to the point of exhaustion so he would fall instantly asleep with no time for thinking. As he drinks, he thinks of when young Tom was a small boy and they went hunting birds together. Tom had shot a plover and went to bed with the dead bird, but Thomas Hudson took the bird and put it in...
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Part 3, Chapter 20 Summary
Henry comes up to the bridge and joins Thomas Hudson. The other men are down below; they are drinking but are not drunk. They have limited themselves in anticipation of the coming night. Henry says that he and Willie are looking forward to finally engaging the Germans they have been tracking for so long. Thomas Hudson says he does not look forward to it but this is the job they were sent to do. He does not think the Germans will try to attack them during the night, but he has no idea what they might be doing. They have every reason to try to return to their ship, but they might know the ship has been booby trapped. He is sure they do not want to be picked up because of the massacre on the island. Therefore, they might be desperate.
Nothing happens all night. Antonio keeps watch, and when the tide rises enough to free the boat, he wakes Thomas Hudson. They work their way out of the channel. Thomas Hudson realizes he forgot to tell Willie and Ara to detrap the turtle boat in case some innocent fisherman climbs aboard. With the dinghy ahead of them, guiding them through the channel, the cruiser makes it through safely.
Thomas Hudson warns Henry that they might get jumped in this section of the channel and to be ready. They warn the other men as well. Thomas Hudson notices there are no birds in sight. He notices crabs sliding out fast from the mangroves. He does not see the flash of gunfire as the Germans open fire on him. He is hit. Gil and Antonio are returning fire. Thomas Hudson feels his left leg is wet. The men continue to throw frags and grenades into the mangroves. Gil checks on Thomas Hudson, who says he has been hit in two places. From the dinghy, Willie fires into the mangroves. Then he heads back to the cruiser. Thomas Hudson is almost overcome by a feeling of weakness. Willie jumps aboard. Gil puts a tourniquet on Thomas Hudson’s left leg. Thomas Hudson notices there is a lot of blood from the leg wound. Willie says Ara has sunk the Germans’ skiff by chopping it open with a machete.
Thomas Hudson feels sick and strange but not dizzy. Willie notices that he has lost a lot of blood. Thomas Hudson guides the cruiser close to shore. Gil throws a bomb on shore, and a man comes walking toward them with his hands clasped on his head. Thomas Hudson orders the men to hold fire, but Ara has already fired and hit the man. They resume fire. Thomas Hudson realizes he is probably going to die.
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Part 3, Chapter 21 Summary
Thomas Hudson hears the noise of a grenade exploding behind the ridge on the key, and then all is quiet. He tells Gil he will take the cruiser through as soon as he sees the dinghy. Antonio appears beside him and tells him to lie down. Thomas Hudson agrees and lets Antonio take over the wheel. He lies down on the deck. He says that he believes it is better if he does not move much. Soon Antonio tells him that the men on shore are waving them in. When Thomas Hudson tells Antonio to anchor the boat as soon as they are out of the channel, Antonio tells him not to talk. Henry comes up and takes the wheel, guiding the boat out into the open water.
Henry tells Thomas Hudson not to talk and expresses his hope that it does not hurt too much. Thomas Hudson says that it hurts, but not too badly. Willie arrives and also tells Thomas Hudson not to talk. He tells him there were four Germans in the mangroves with the guide. Ara is crying because he killed the German that Thomas Hudson wanted to keep as a prisoner. Thomas Hudson tells him that he needs to go back and detrap the turtle boat. Ara tells him that they are doing so right away and that they will check the other place they think some Germans might be. He asks Thomas Hudson how he is. Thomas Hudson tells him that it is pretty bad, so Ara tells him not to move.
Although the men are not gone long, it seems like ages to Thomas Hudson. He notices that the wind is not as strong as it was the day before. He refuses morphine because the thinks he might still have to think. Gil watches over him, noticing how gray his face is becoming. Thomas Hudson tells him he should have been a baseball pitcher with how well he was throwing grenades that day.
Thomas Hudson notices they are heading back to the larger islands, probably to find a surgeon. He regrets that Ara shot his potential prisoner because now they really have nothing to show for their efforts. He thinks about painting again after the war is over. He realizes that his life is over, ruined by the Germans’ massacre on the island. The dinghy returns, and they head toward the Central, where there is a doctor. Willie tells him they successfully detrapped the boat. Thomas Hudson feels the cruiser gathering speed. There are no problems now. He sees the sky that he always loved to paint. Willie tells him to try to understand how he loves him and does not want him to die. Thomas Hudson assures Willie that he understands, but...
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