A summary of Chapters 18–19 in Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor

His last words were, "Billy Budd, Billy Budd." Chapter XXX details information reported about Billy's death in a seamen's newsletter in which authority is said to have defeated the threat of mutiny aboard Captain Vere's ship.

SparkNotes: Billy Budd, Sailor: Plot Overview

Although the nature of Billy's essence evades Claggart, -- Melville saysperhaps willfully (BB, 79) -- Budd is clearly delineatedfrom the covert will of the master-at-arms as well as thehierarchical will of the distant King interpreted through Captain Vere.


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Melville's "Seraphita"