What is the summary of Chapter 4 of The Cay?

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As we begin chapter 4 of The Cay, Timothy and Philip are drifting across the ocean in their improvised raft. There’s not much fresh water available and they only have raw fish to eat, but they’re still alive. We’ve reached an important stage in the story, as it’s at this point that Timothy and Philip start getting to know each other, laying the foundations for the firm bond that will develop between them later on.

Right now, though, Philip is somewhat wary of Timothy. He shares the common prejudices of his day regarding black people, thinking them racially inferior. But for all that, Philip is still a boy, endowed with the curiosity of youth. He starts asking Timothy questions about his background. Timothy replies that he comes from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Philip shows his ignorance by assuming that Timothy’s parents must have come...

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