Manjiro's getting good at helping out on the ship. He might as well be a sailor, too.
He's also getting pretty good at English, which means he's getting to know the other sailors.
They're a pretty cool bunch.
There's Edward, who plays the pennywhistle; Parden, who's an artist at heart; Mr. Q, the gentle giant; Josiah, the big eater; Biscuit, the gossip; Isaiah, the black, funny guy; and Francis, who climbs the quickest.
They're mostly American, although some of them are from other countries, too.
Manjiro's never heard of America, so the guys have to school him on that.
Later, he asks Captain Whitfield about America, and they end up talking about Manjiro's "hopes and dreams," which Manjiro's never really had (up until now).
Now, though, Manjiro can only think of "opportunity."