Genre: Short Story
Setting: Aboard the Queen Charlotte, a three masted iron bark, in India during the 1880's.
First sentence: The Queen Charlotte was anchored fore and aft off the Calcutta wharves in the Hoogly River, waiting for cargo.
Captain John McPherson is a cruel taskmaster. He treats his crew harshly, and is not above using physical violence to enforce his rule.
When he kills one of his crew members, he descends into madness.
Ultimately, the captain's own harshness brings about his own punishment.
I liked this short story. It reminded me of other "guilty conscience" type stories. For me, it provided a nice break between heavier tomes.
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