Safely alongside the Bachelor's Delight, Don Benito identifies the fleshless form nailed to the bow of the San Dominick as the remains of Aranda, murdered and unburied. Babo is bound and taken below deck. Cereno does not board until his nemesis is removed from sight.The Americans pick up the three swimming Spaniards, then fire six times at the San Dominick until it glides out of range. Planning an assault on the slave ship, the Americans pursue in whale-boat and yawl. Cereno assures them that there are no working firearms available, but pleads that they not rile the desperadoes, who are intent on massacring the whites. He begs Delano not to throw away his life.The athletic and resolute chief mate, hearing that the San Dominick and its valuable cargo are free for the taking, leads a willing party against the blacks, who have no weapons other than hatchets. He
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