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Wandering about Don Benito

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Wandering about Don Benito's imprisoning microcosm, Delano enters the starboard quarter-gallery,  where he finds doorways caulked and sealed. Seized by a "dreamy inquietude," Delano leans  against a carved balustrade and breaks through hidden decay, which causes the wood to splinter,  nearly dumping him into the sea. His close call with the rotted wood — symbolic of the decadence  which brought disorder to the ship, mayhem to its European inhabitants, and the curse of slavery to  the New World — leads him to a false conclusion: that Don Benito is only pretending to be  indisposed while he hatches some fiendish plot. With well-meaning, carefree banter, he banishes his  misgivings: "Who would murder Amasa Delano? His conscience is clean." The atmosphere changes as the  Rover  draws alongside. The busy thoroughfare of the main deck  becomes a mob scene as blacks clamor for fresh water and food. Delano, to keep down further 
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