Billy Budd Chapters 23-24 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 23-24 Summary and Analysis

Captain Vere personally informs Billy of the court’s decision. The interview is private, but knowing the character of each man involved, we can guess what took place.

It is likely that Vere would be totally frank, even admitting the part he himself played in bringing about the verdict. Billy would appreciate with “joy…the brave opinion of him implied in his captain making such a confidant of him.” At the end of the interview, Captain Vere would very likely have allowed himself to feel those fatherly emotions toward Billy which his stoical nature usually concealed.

After the interview, when Vere exits the cabin in which Billy is confined, the senior lieutenant observes...

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