Charlotte wakes up the next morning determined to leave the ship; however, when she reaches the deck she sees only sky and ocean. Mr. Hollybrass, the first mate, tells her they're now in the Irish Sea.
Mr. Hollybrass rings the bell three times and all of the sailors appear on deck, followed by Captain Jaggery. Charlotte is impressed by the captain's dignified appearance and assumes he is a trustworthy gentleman, much like her father.
Mr. Hollybrass tells the captain that he could not get the men to sign the articles (whatever that means). He then takes roll call: Dillingham, Grimes, Morgan, Barlow, Foley, Ewing, Fisk, Johnson, and Zachariah are all present.
The captain inquires after a Mr. Cranick, but he's not present, nor does Hollybrass recognize the name.
Captain Jaggery issues orders to the men to work hard and obey his commands. This is not a democracy, he declares (a democracy being a kind of representative government). Nope, he is the master of the ship, no question. Captain Jaggery then gives them an extra issue of rum (generous!), and dismisses the crew.
Captain Jaggery greets Charlotte with the greatest politeness. She requests to be let off the boat, but he, in a very genteel fashion, denies her request. He then promises her his protection and friendship, and invites her to tea in his cabin.
Charlotte returns to her cabin where she falls into a swoon and takes ill. She experiences feverish dreams. Zachariah tends to her and Captain Jaggery visits from time to time.
In the midst of her delirium, she sees a rat eating at her journal. She takes the dirk from underneath her mattress and throws the knife at the rat.