Chapter 7 Summary

I Go to the Brig Covenant of Dysart

Davie wakes and discovers he is bound and lying in the bottom of the ship, though it takes him some time to realize it. He is beset with despair, remorse, and anger—all of which cause him to again lose consciousness. He wakens later to a bout of seasickness, and these are the worst hours of the boy’s young life. He hears a gunshot. Davie later learns that it is Hoseason’s habit to fly the Covenant’s colors and has a gun fired as they pass Dysart, where the captain’s mother lives.

Davie is eventually roused by a small man, about thirty with fair hair and carrying a lantern. When he asks the boy how he is doing, Davie just sobs. The man is...

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