65 1 64 209 219
[See Ch. 18 for the transcription of the first section of this leaf.]

] Now When the ——//—— Chapter 7?foretopman [
found himself in the cabin, closeted there , as it were,
with the Captain and Claggart, he
was surprized enough. But it
210 220 was a surprize unaccompanied
by apprehension or distrust. To a an
^ immature nature essentially honest and humane,
immature and inexperienced, ^ forewarning intimations
of subtler danger from one's kind
come are tardily or not if at all. The only
thing that took shape in the young 28 2
sailor's mind was this: Yes, the
Captain, I have always thought, looks
kindly upon me. Wonder if he's
going to make me his coxswain.
I should like that. And may be
now he is going to ask the
master-at-arms about me.
66 1 211 "Shut the door there, sentry," ^ said the commander;
"stand without, and let nobody come 29
in.—Now, master-at-arms

, tell this man to his face
exactly what you told ^ of him to me"; and 29
stood prepared to scrutinize the
two mutually mutually ^ confronting visages.
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Without Claggart hesitated hesitation not an
instant. Deliberatly advancing
within short range of the sailor,
he spoke. Without minus? [untranscribed]HS ^ emphasis and in a
tone more musical than ever, briefly
cir he delivered the accusation
point-blank into his eyes.
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With the measured step and calm 29
collected ^ visage air of an asylum-
physician approaching in the public
hall some patient beginning to show
indications of a coming parox paroxysm,
Claggart deliberatly advanced within
short range of Billy, and mesmerically
looking him in the eye, briefly
recapitulated the accusation.
212 Not at first did the accused one Billy
take it in. When he did, the rose-tan
of his cheek looked struck as by
white leprosy. He stood speechless
like one impaled and gagged. Meanwhile
the accuser' violet eyes removing not as
yet from the blue welkin dilated ones, underwent 30
a phenominal phenomenal change, their wonted
dark black rich violet violet color blurring into a
muddy purple. Those lights of human Adam's
intelligence losing human expression,
gelidly protruding like the alien
eyes of certain ^ unspeakable uncatalogued
creatures of ^ the deep. tropic parts of that elemental lurch hostHS add
Not the Their primal? not only their first lurch humanHS mesmeric pole by, expression but also the form.
judging hungryHS the last humanhumanHS confirm left unproofed as to
The first mesmeristicmesmeristicHS glance was one of fascin serpent 30
fascination; the last was threw up a stone wall
add p30 was as the strong paralyzing lurch of the torpedo-fish.
213 223 "Speak, man!" said Captain
Vere to the transfixed one, struck by his
aspect ^ even more than by Claggart's, "Speak!
defend yourself." Which appeal
caused but a n ineffectual a strange dumb
gesturing and gurgling in Billy;
amazement at such an accusation
so suddenly sprung on ^ upon him, inexperienced ^ nonage ^ ; this, and, Youth goodness virtue
it may be, spontanious spiritual horror at of the 31
accuser, unearthly glance eyes, serving to bring out his 27

ever- lurking defect and in this
instance ^ for the time intensifing intensifying it into a convulsed
tounge tongue ^-tie , ; while the intent head
214 224 and entire body form straining
forward in an agony of ineffectual
eagerness to obey the injunction to
speak and defend himself, gave
an expression to the face like that of
a condemned vestal Vestal priestess in the moment
of being secretly buried alive, and
in the first struggle against suffocation. 32
Though at the time Captain
Vere was quite ignonrant of Billy's
liability to vocal impediment, he now
immediatly divined it, since vividly
Billy's aspect it ^ recalled to him that of a bright
young schoolmate of his whom he
had once seen struck by ^ much the same
215 225 startling impotence in the act of eagerly
rising in the class to be foremost
in responce to a testing question put
to it by the master. Going close up to
the young sailor, and laying a soothing
hand on his shoulder, he deliberatly
said "There is no hurry, my boy. Take
your time, take your time." Contrary to 33
the effect intended, these words so
fatherly in tone, doubtless touching
Billy's heart to the quick, prompted
yet more violent efforts at utterance—
efforts soon ending for the time
in confirming the paralysis, and
bringing to his face an expression which
was as a crucifixion to behold. The next
216 226 instant, quick as the flame from a
discharged cannon's cannon mouth at night , his right arm
shot out, and Claggart dropt dropped to the
deck. Whether intentionally or but
owing to the young athlete's superior
height, the blow had taken effect
full upon the forhead, so shapely and 34
intellectual-looking a feature in the Master-
at-arms; so that he the ^ body fell over backward
lengthwise, like a heavy plank tilted
from erectness. A gasp or two, and he lay
"Fated boy," breathed Captain
Vere in tones tone so low as to be almost a
whisper, "what have you done! But
here, help me."
217 227 The twain raised the felled one
from the loins up into a sitting position.
The lean ^ spare form flexibly acquiesed, but
inertly. It was like handling a dead
snake. They lowered it back. Regaining
erectness Captain Vere with one hand 35
covering his face stood ^ to all appearance as impassive
as the object at his feet. Was he absorbed
in taking in all the bearings of the event
and what was best not only now at once
to be done, but also in the sequel? Slowly he
uncovered his face; and the effect was
as if the moon emerging from eclipse
should reappear with quite another
218 228 aspect than that which had gone into
hiding. The father in him, manifested
towards Billy thus far in the scene,
was replaced by the military disciplinarian.
In an his official tone he bade the
foretopman retire to a state-room
aft, ( pointing it out, ) and there remain
till thence summoned. ^ And The This order Billy in silence
mechanically obeyed.
Then going 36
to the cabin-door where it opened
on the quarter-deck, he ^ Captain Vere said to the
sentry without, "Tell somebody to
send Albert here." When the lad
appeared his master so contrived
it that he should not catch sight of the
prone one. fallen man A ' " Albert, ' " he said to him,
219 229 "tell the Surgeon I wish to see him. You
need not come back till called."
When the Surgeon entered—a
self-poised man character of that grave sense
and experience that hardly anything
could surprise, take him aback —Captain Vere
advanced to meet him, thus unconsciously intercepting ^ his view of Claggart and
and interrupting checking the other's wonted ceremonious salutation, 37
said, "Nay. Look, tell me how it is
with yonder man," pointing directing his attention to the
prostrate one. The Surgeon turned, and At catching sight of the
dark blood now oozing from
nostril and ear, and strikingly
in contrast with Claggart's always
bleached complexion, he the Surgeon
220 230 The Surgeon turned, looked, and for all his
self- possessed possession command of character , somewhat ^ started at the
the abrupt revelation. spe spectacle. On Claggart's
always bleached pallid complexion, the d thick
black blood was now oozing from
nostril and ear. To the gazer's
professional eye death was patent it was 38
unmistakably a corpse no living man that he saw.
"Is it so then? said Captain
Vere intently watching him . , "I thought it."
But verify it." Whereupon the customary
tests confirmed the Surgeon's first glance.
Captain Vere stood motionless . , The
other who now looking up in unfeined
concern, cast an inq cast a look
of intense inquisitivness upon his
221 231 But Captain Vere, with one hand to his
brow, was standing motionless.
Suddenly, seizing catching the the Surgeon's xx arm
convulsively, he exclaimed, pointing
down to the body— Look "It is the divine
judgement on Ananias! " Look!
"But how, how ?
"Thus it was," said Captain Vere
Di Disturbed by the his an the excited 39
manner so unwonted in the speaker
he had never before observed in the
" Indomitable IndomitablesHS " Captain, and as yet
wholly ignorant of the affair,
the ^ prudent Surgeon nevertheless held his
peace, only casting ^ again looking an earnest
interrogatory as to what it was that
it was that had resulted in such
a tragedy.
222 232 But Captain Vere was now ^ again motionless
and standing absorbed in thought. But again
starting, he exc vehemently exclaimed —
Billy Budd was the angel of God
Righteously He was "Struck ^ dead as by the an angel of
God! Y Yet the angel must hang!
At these passionate interjections , mere
incoherences to the S the listener as
yet unapprised of the antecedents, the 40
Surgeon was profoundly discomposed.
"Sir" said he But becoming now less
ex xxHS passionate , Captain Vere and —— now as
reccolecting himself, the Captain Vere
in less passionate tone briefly related
the circumstances leading up to the event.
223 233 But come; we must despatch," he added.
Help me to remove mea him ^ (meaning the body) to yonder compartment,
designating the one opposite that where
the foretopman remained immured.
Anew disturbed by a p a request that
seemed so under the seemed so strange 41
as implying a desire for secrecy, seemed
unaccountably strange to him, there was
nothing for the subordinate to do but
Thxx lxx allow lxxm to say
comply.—"Go now" said
Captain Vere with something of his
wonted manner—Go now. I I
shall presently ^ call a drum-head court. Tell
the lieutenants what has happened, and
tell the Captain Mr Mordant," meaning
the captain of marines," and charge them
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224 42 234 to keep the matter to themselves."