Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17, for the first time in the novel, is devoted solely to Doc.

Although he is constantly surrounded by people, Doc usually prefers to be alone. Mack may be the only one who notices the scientist is a "lonely and set-apart" man, but it is true. Even on the frequent occasions when Doc has a woman in his laboratory, he appears, to Mack at least, to be lonely.

Although Doc occasionally takes someone on his collecting expeditions, most of the time, he spends his time alone, crawling over boulders and turning over rocks. Doc has been a marine biologist for a long time. He knows not only when the tides come in and go out but also when certain tides are likely to provide the greatest bounty. When one of...

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