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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Chapter 16 Summary
Charlotte sleeps for fourteen hours and then wakes. She reflects upon seeing Zachariah in the rigging. Was he a ghost? An angel? It must have been a miracle. When Charlotte hits the deck it's oh-so-quiet. Have the crew forgotten her? She notices that both watches of the crew are on deck. Charlotte asks Ewing and Keetch if they had forgotten to call her to the watch. They admit to her that they were told not to call her. The men keep calling Charlotte "Miss," much to her dismay, and eventually confess that the captain told everyone that Charlotte murdered Mr. Hollybrass to avenge Zachariah's death. Charlotte starts to say that she has seen Zachariah, but stops herself. The captain is claiming that Charlotte is guilty because the dirk used to kill Mr. Hollybrass was hers. Captain Jaggery charges Charlotte with the murder of Mr. Hollybrass and says that she'll stand trial that day before a jury of her peers. Captain Jaggery commands Barlow to take Charlotte to the brig. He leads her down the hatch, through top cargo (where the head adventure took place), and into the hold. Barlow locks Charlotte into a cage of iron bars, taking his light with him. Before he goes, Charlotte asks Barlow if he thinks she killed Mr. Hollybrass. He says he doesn't know. All alone, Charlotte reflects on the trial that's to take place. She then hears footsteps approaching. She calls out. All of a sudden, a light appears, and Charlotte sees a vision: it's Zachariah again.
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