Don Benito's] mind appeared unstrung, if not still more seriously affected. Shut up in these oaken walls, chained to one dull round of command, whose unconditionality cloyed him, like some hypochondriac abbot he moved slowly about... [With] nervous suffering [he] was almost worn to a skeleton…half-lunatic.
Starting on page 42, Captain Delano alternates here between seeing Don Benito as shell shocked or unwell, as unwisely and lazily aristocratic, as dictator who provokes fear and seems to be a ticking time bomb, and as an idiot. These are incommensurate ways to read a single person, and it is worthwhile to consider both that Captain Delano is really a terrible reader of social cues and also preoccupied by his fascination on Don Benito to the point that he ignores Babo and all the other slaves.
Questions to consider in your journal:
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