Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning; (12)

The patriotic people on the shore are deeply devoted to the captain. Because they are describes as a “swaying mass” and their faces all turn at the same time, they are imagined as one patriotic body and not as a bunch of individuals (who just happen to move the same way all at the same time).

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