Such a figure is the Handsome Sailor of this story

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Such a figure is the Handsome Sailor of this story, bright-eyed Billy Budd, aged twenty-one, a  foretopman of the British fleet whom Lieutenant Ratcliffe of the H.M.S.  Bellipotent  forcibly transfers  from the English merchantman, the  Rights-of-Man.  Captain Graveling, of the latter ship, tells the  impressment officer that before Billy came, the "forecastle was a rat-pit of quarrels." Listening with  amusement, Lieutenant Ratcliffe cynically replies, "Blessed are the peacemakers, especially the  fighting peacemakers!" As the cutter pushes off, Billy jumps up from the bow, waves his hat to his  shipmates, and bids them and the ship a genial goodbye. Billy is just as well received on the H.M.S.  Bellipotent  as he was on the  Rights-of-Man.  He scarcely  notes the change of circumstances. As he is being formally mustered into service, an officer inquires  about his background and birthplace. Billy, whom the narrator describes as "little more than a sort 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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