The deposition continues, concluding with a description of the boarding battle, which ended at midnight, and Delano constraining Spanish sailors from committing atrocities against the captured blacks.At the end of the inquiry, Cereno, describing himself as twenty-nine years old but "broken in body and mind," intends to remain in the care of Infelez, a nurturing monk; he vows to retire to a monastery on Mount Agonia. After sailors identify the unrelenting Babo in a Lima court, he is humiliated, gibbeted, and his body burned. His head, fixed on a pole, stares inexorably at white residents and at St. Bartholomew's church, where Aranda's remains were interred. Three months later, in sight of Babo's brazen stare, Benito Cereno dies.Through his darkly prophetic morality tale, Melville indicates that the New World carries the weight of Europe's sins — notably, the theft of liberty from black slaves. The symbolic replacement of the
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Benito Cereno, Babo, brief life. Delano, darkly prophetic morality