Billie gets really heated and yells at the cook not to talk about food.The cook responds by mumbling something about ham sandwiches. He's making ushungry, too.
Throughout the night, the oarsman tries to keep water from entering the
boat. Sometimes he fails, and cold water soaks the men.
The oiler and correspondent take turns rowing. While one man rows, the
other man sleeps.
The waves aren't so strong anymore. It's quiet.
The correspondent asks the captain if he should aim for a light to the
north. He isn't sure the captain is awake. The captain's voice, steady as ever,
The narrator mentions that the cook is wearing a life preserver. This
might seem like a pretty mundane detail, but take note of this; it'll be
As the correspondent is rowing, he moves in the wrong direction, which
leads a wave to crash into the boat. Luckily, nobody is upset at his mistake.
The correspondent continues rowing, and sees a flash of movement in the
water. It's a shark—eek.
He looks over at the captain, who seems to be asleep. He looks at the
oiler and the cook. They're definitely asleep.
The funny thing is, he's already in such a rough spot, seeing the shark
doesn't scare him as much as it would if he were, say, "a picnicker"
(5.22). He just curses softly, and wishes he didn't have to face the shark all
The shark stays close to the boat. It looks very strong, and very dangerous.
Which makes sense because, you know, it's a shark.