Billy Budd Chapters 9-11 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 9-11 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Dansker: an old veteran aboard the Indomitable who befriends Billy Budd and who tries to warn Billy to look out for John Claggart

Summary
Billy is competent in his position as foretopman aboard the Indomitable.

When they are not busy working, Billy’s topmates form a kind of “aerial club.” They lounge around against the smaller sails where they relax, tell tales, and generally amuse themselves.

Billy is good-naturedly teased by his mates because he is conscientious about responding to calls to duty. His alertness to his obligations derives from having witnessed a formal gangway punishment. The culprit was whipped on his...

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