the Pope of that time Gregory the Great

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the Pope of that time  Gregory the Great (c. 540–604). powder-boys and younger tars  the younger sailors, who climb to better vantage points from which  to view the execution. the prophet in the chariot . . . dropping his mantle to Elisha  Melville compares the departure of  night to the ascension of the prophet Elijah and the passing of his mantle to Elisha, his successor (II  Kings 2:11–13). purser  the ship's accountant. quarter-deck  the part of the upper deck between main-mast and stern. quidnuncs  gossips or busybodies; literally, "what now" in Latin. Radcliffian  romance popular mystery novels written by Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823). rated as an able seaman top  ranking for a sailor, above "ordinary seaman" and "boy." the regicidal French Directory  the five-man government that replaced the French monarchy 
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Unformatted text preview: following the execution of King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, in 1793. the sailing master the navigation officer. Saul's . . . the comely young David This allusion compares Claggart's deadly envy of Billy Budd to King Saul's envy of David after he creates a name for himself as a warrior and threatens Saul's heroic stance before his subjects (I Samuel 18:613). the Saxon strain characterized by blond hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. seventy-four the number of guns on a medium-sized battleship. shrouds and backstays ropes that connect the side and stern of the ship to the mast and act as stabilizers. Spithead a strait between the Isle of Wight and southern England near Portsmouth....
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