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224 234 ——//—— Full of disquietude ^ and misgiving the prudent
Surgeon left the cabin. Was Captain
Vere suddenly affected in his mind ? , or 42
was it but a pas transient excitement condition , brought
about by so strange a &HS ^ unusual extraordinary ^ unexpected a tragedy? As to
where the As to the drum-head court, it
struck the Surgeon as impolitic, if nothing more.
The thing to do, he thought, was to confine
Bill place Billy Budd in confinement
and in a way way dictated by usage, and
postpone further action in so extraordinary a
case, to such time as they should
rejoin the squadron, and then refer it
to the Admiral. Again He recalled the
unwonted agitation of Captain Vere and his
excited exclamations
225 235 so at variance with his normal manner. Was he unhinged?
But much as he demurred, assuming that he is, it is not so susceptible of proof what could
he the Surgeon What can then can he do? No more trying situation
is conceivable than that of a an subordinate
officer acting subordinate under a at the orders of 43
a Captain whom he suspects to be, if
not mad indeed, but yet not quite sound unaffected in his intellects. T
Then res To resist is perilous. To resist is
mutiny. argue his order to with his him would be
insolence. To resist him would be mutiny.
Accordingly, he in In obedience to Captain Vere,
he without comment ^ briefly communicated the facts to the lieutenants as to
what had happened to the lieutenants & captain
of marines; and con wondered waitedHS how they saying nothing as to the Captain's state.
would receive it. His own They fully
shared his own surprise and concern.
226 236 Like him too they seemed to think that such
a matter should be referred to the Admiral.