The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

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Who helps Charlotte as she struggles to cut the foreyard sail? Do you think this is real, or imagined? What do you think this means for Charlotte?

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Zachariah helps Charlotte as she struggles with the foreyard sail. He appears when she loses her handhold on the the spar and pulls her back before she can fall. Charlotte then hears an explosion from below, and when she turns around, Zachariah is gone, making one question if he was...

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Zachariah helps Charlotte as she struggles with the foreyard sail. He appears when she loses her handhold on the the spar and pulls her back before she can fall. Charlotte then hears an explosion from below, and when she turns around, Zachariah is gone, making one question if he was really there at all. She also finds Mr. Hollybrass stabbed in the back with the dirk that Zachariah had given to her. Was Zachariah a ghost? Did Charlotte save herself and throw the knife in an adrenaline-induced fog? The crew members believe that Charlotte killed Mr. Hollybrass to avenge the death of Zachariah, and that is what the captain told everyone. I do not want to ruin the story by answering whether or not I think Zachariah was really there. What do you think? What is your prediction? Do you think that Zachariah is really dead?

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