16 3 Follows 151 red new chp 149 133 143 Passion, and passion ——//——in its profoundest,
is not a thing demanding a ^ scenic lofty ^ a palatial stage
whereon to play its part. Away down
among upon ^ the groundlings, among the beggars
and rakers of the garbage, ^ profound passion profound passion it ^ is enacted.
And the circumstances that provoke it,
however trivial or ^ mean, contemptable, are no
measure of its power. In the present
instance the stage is a ship's scrubbed ^ deck, gun-deck,
outward and ^ one of the external ^ provocations the matter a sailor's ^ man-of-war's-man's spilled soup.
Now when the Master-at-arms
noticed whence came that greasy fluid liquid?
streaming before his feet, he must
have taken it—to some extent
wilfully, perhaps-- and welcoming it n xxHS [pointer] Insert afterwards
17 144 134 144 perhaps—not for the ^ mere accident coincidence it all
but certainly assuredly was, but for the sly escape
of an a spontanious spontaneous feeling on Billy's
part more or less answering to the
antipathy on his own . part. In effect
a foolish demonstration, ^ he must have thought, and very
harmless, he must have thought
which yet like the futile kick of a cow heifer ,
which yet were the cow heifer a shod
stallion, would not be so harmless.
Even so was it that into the gall of
Claggart's envy his ^ impulsive hate envy Claggart he infused
the vitriol of ^ his his deliberate contempt.
18 135 145 18 But The incident confirmed to him The incident confirmed to him
certain tell-tale reports purveyed
to his ear by Squeak , one of his
more cunning Corporals, a little
^ a grizzled little man , short and spare , so nicknamed

by the sailors on account of his
squeaky voice, and sharp grizzled
visage mousing ^ ferreting about the dark corners
of the lower decks after interlopers,
satirically suggesting to them the
idea of a whiskered rat in a cellar.
19 136 146 19From his ^ Chief's master 's chief's employing
him as an implicit tool in laying
little traps for the worriment of the
Foretopman,^ —for it was from the Master-at-arms
that those per the ^ petty persecutions heretofore
adverted to mentioned had proceeded—
this ^ the the Corporal having
naturally enough surmised concluded
that his his ^ master master could have no love for him
the sailor, made it his business,
like a faithful understrapper, that he was, that he was, to foment
the ^ ill blood animosity by perverting to his Chief
18 20 8 45 1 137 147 certain innocent frolics of the ^ good natured good natured sailor Foretopman ,
besides inventing for his mouth him sundry
contumelious epithets he claimed
to have overheard . ^ him let fall. from his mouth.
The Master-at-arms never suspected
the veracity of these reports, more
especially as to the epithets, for he well
knew how ^ secretly from the nature of his office unpopular for sxxxxx
, and for no special
may become a master-at-arms ^ at least a master-at-arms of those days zealous
in his function, and how the blue-jackets
shoot at him in private their raillery and
wit; the nickname by which he goes
among them ( Jimmy Legs ) implying
under the form of merriment their
^ cherished disrespect and dislike.\ Besides,
did not Squeak's tales secretly
\ 21 1 45 2 138 148 But in view of the ^ indeed greediness of hate for pabulum it hardly needs needed
a purveyor to feed the any perverse ^ ill bad Claggart's passion.
Consider. Profound ^ [An uncommon prudence is ^ natural ^ only? habitual habitual with the to the
subtler depravity, for it has everything
to hide. And in case of a an suspected
injury but suspected, its secretivness
voluntarily cuts ^ it off ^ \ from enlightenment or disillusion proof, and ^ it off from enlightenment
or disillusion; and,
not unreluctantly,
is taken upon surmise as upon certainty.
And the retaliation is apt to be in
exlreme extreme monstrous disproportion to the ^ supposed offence;
for when in anybody was revenge
in its exactions aught else but
an inordinate ^ inordinate usurer.
139 21 2 149 21 2 But how with Claggart's his ^ claggart's Claggart's conscince? for
thos ^ tho' consciences are unlike as ^ foreheads brows
and noses , every intelligence , has one
Scriptural including the ^ not excluding the Scriptural devils who "believe and
tremble," has one. But Claggart's
conscience being being but the lawyer to his
22 140 150 will, made monsters ogres of trifles, probably
arguing that Billy's the motive its
client imputed to Billy in spilling the
his soup just ^ when then & there he did, together
with the epithets alleged, these, if
nothing more , made a strong good case against him , ; nay ,
justified animosity into a sort of
retributive rightiousness righteousness . The Pharisee
is being the Guy Fawks prowling in the hid
chambers underlying the some natures
like Claggart's Claggart . And they can really ^ form no
conception of an unreciprocated malice.
23 141 151 Probably, the master-at-arms' clandestine
persecution of Billy were started to try
the temper of the man; but ^ they it had not
su developed any trait quality in
hima him that enmity could make ^ official use of
or ^ even pervert into even plausable plausible
self- justification ; of itself; so that the
incident occurrence at the mess, petty tho' it was, if it were,
was a welcome one to that so kind
peculiar conscience that has been
attributed to Claggart. assigned as to be the we have /
insu xxxxHS inadequately / touched upon descri discribed private mentor of Claggart;
And, for the rest, not improbably he p it put him upon
new experiments.