In the slides, I brought up Vandover’s time at sea on Mazatlan, but there’s much, much more to say about that trip. It’s the most dramatic action in the novel and is a pivot, sitting near the middle of it. Like the Imperial, the Mazatlan is, in part, a physical manifestation of Vandover’s consciousness, a chamber of his mind brought to vivid life in the world of the book. Pick a paragraph or so where you learned something about Vandover’s frame of mind from his time on the ship. Include that brief passage from Vandover in your post and tell us in a paragraph what you found in it. If people want to write about the same passage, that’s fine, but everyone who does that should offer new observations.