Billy Budd Chapters 26-27 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 26-27 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
The Purser: he discusses the “singularity” of Billy’s death with the surgeon

Summary
At four in the morning, whistles blow to summon all hands to the deck to witness Billy’s punishment. They come pouring onto the deck, quickly filling up all the spaces. Even the boats and booms are filled with crewmen, the topmen line the “sea balcony,” and the marines fill the quarter deck. Captain Vere faces forward from the break of the poop deck.

At that time in the navy, executions were usually held from the fore yard. However, Billy’s execution takes place on the main deck.

Billy is brought up to the main deck, with the chaplain...

(The entire section is 625 words.)