Under ragged sails, the ship limped toward Baldivia, where Don Benito lost his way in inclement weather. He indicates to Delano that he owes a debt of gratitude to the blacks, who, according to their owner, required no incarceration. Cereno concludes that Babo served as pacifier of any incipient rebellion among his fellow blacks. After pondering the trials of the San Dominick, Delano promises to offset its losses by supplying sails, rigging, and water so that Cereno can proceed to Concepcion for refitting, and from there to Lima.A significant figure among Melville's graphic, incisive images is the stern-piece, which features a "dark satyr in a mask, holding his foot on the prostrate neck of a writhing figure, likewise masked." Picturing in miniature the entire plot of the story, the mythic satyr's tyrannical pose above the cringing victim suggests the slaves' domination of the Spaniards. The masking of both figures represents the
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