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Captain Vere Deals With his Burden of Knowledge On the ship Indomitable in Billy Budd Foretopman by Herman Mellville Vere the captain gains the burden of knowledge much like a man who finds a dying deer on the side of the road Once he examines the deer he realizes it bears child and must decide what to do with it Captain Vere sees Billy the foretopman kill Claggart the master-at-arms albeit even by accident he must decide what to make of this difficult situation Vere makes the just choice in the end and learns the fate of Billy before he has to Initially Captain Vere works well with his crew on the Indomitable His crew likes him and he has a judge like mentality He is down to earth and somewhat easygoing Though practical enough upon occasion Vere would at times betray a certain dreaminess of mood Standing alone on the weatherside of the greater deck one hand holding by the rigging he would absently gaze off at the black sea 21 Vere shows how he can enjoy his surroundings and not get bogged down in life and its troubles Soon Billy Budd joins the crew against his will and all but one of the crew likes him Claggart the master-at-arms shows his evil as he constantly bothers Billy Claggart a respected man instructs the men on board how to use their weapons but while off-duty he finds the time to bother Billy Budd about his quarters and punish him for what everyone else gets away with Claggart proves to be jealous of how innocently and peacefully Billy acts and works that when Billy spills his soup-pan on the newly-scrubbed deck he gets angry Claggart happened to be passing along where the mess was lodged Stepping over it he was proceeding on his way without commentwhen he happened to observe who it was that had done the spilling His countenance changed Handsomely done my lad
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