Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

The men in [the boat] were dead, had been dead so long that they fell to pieces when I tilted the boat on its side and dragged them out. (21.51)

Prendick's own suffering brought him to the island, and the suffering of others will allow him to leave. It's one of those "Circle of Life" deals, minus the Elton John pop musical number.

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