Having been transferred under guard from the captain

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Having been transferred under guard from the captain's quarters to a space between two guns on  the upper starboard gundeck, Billy lies in irons under surveillance of the sentry. Reclining as though  in a trance, he receives a visit from the chaplain. Seeing that Billy is not aware of his presence, the  chaplain goes away. He returns in the hours before dawn. Billy is awake now and greets the  chaplain. In vain, the chaplain tries to impress upon Billy the theological abstractions of salvation and  the afterlife. The communication gap between the man of God and the simple sailor is a bridgeless  chasm. Although Billy listens respectfully, he cannot comprehend the chaplain's message. The  chaplain does not persist. Alter impulsively kissing the doomed man on the cheek, he reluctantly  leaves Billy. This chapter is the key to the main religious motif in the novel. Melville's famed irony takes hold of 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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