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This section reveals how stressful the situation has become by the Captain's reaction to the steward's putting away of his coat. The captain cannot contain these two separate lives for much longer. Eventually one must be sacrificed for the other. Although this is disturbing to the Captain, he knows it must be done. The bond of mutual understanding between the two negates the need for anything but the most superficial verbal communication yet this is a world where communication is terse and vocal, where a Captain must act in a certain way in order to gain the respect of his crew. So far, the Captain has failed at this. His distraction with his secret sharer has made him even less present to the crew although he has learned about himself through his interactions with Leggatt. He has been able to unburden his fears and anxieties as well as extend himself to another. It is critical now that he turns his whole attention to the ship's survival and maintenance rather than to Leggatt's.