Jack Sparrow is looking at the city; the first thing he sees, coming in, are the skeletons of hanged pirates; perhaps this is why abandoned the cities of men. The soul of the pirate is what concerns us now. Jack Sparrow sold his to the devil in the deep for a ship & a dozen years. He promptly lost the Black Pearl, fastest ship in the Caribbean, to his ruthless second mate, whom he now chases, perhaps for vengeance, perhaps for the boat. Jack Sparrow apparently suffered a mutiny – everyone has heard of Captain Jack Sparrow, but he was not much of a captain. He will have to learn about justice then: he says, for example, that the deepest circle of hell is reserved for mutineers. But nobody fears Jack Sparrow.
Jack Sparrow, who knows French, says parley more often than anyone else. Indeed, he puts speeches above everything: he is a clever speaker, but not a manly man. He thinks his way out of almost any predicament, which may be called improvisation, or wit. He always seeks the advantage – but circumstances always prevent him from attaining it.
Drunk, Jack Sparrow shows how much he has in common with Elizabeth: he loves freedom & is a daring adventurer. Sober, she shows how much she has in common with him, deceiving him. Drunk, Jack Sparrow is more likable than sober. But he was sober when he sold his soul. & he is a pirate, but the mockery of other pirates. & a captain, but without a ship.
Then there is captain Barbossa, who stole Jack Sparrow’s ship. He mocks speeches – & he mocks Jack Sparrow – tellingly, he says dead men tell no tales. His men fear him, but he rules, as all pirates do, by consent. When his rule is challenged, he does not parley, he asks who will challenge him. That is perhaps why he did not heed the prophecy which warned seekers that the Aztec gold stolen by Cortez is cursed. It is ironic that a man of action should be cursed to never enjoy the pleasures of the body. For his part, Jack Sparrow sees the curse as a blessing, if a temporary one.
Jack Sparrow was marooned by Barbossa on a small isle, left to die with one pistol, one shot. His escape is a mystery that lasted ten years almost: now he is someone to reckon with & his reputation precedes him. Rum runners take him to Tortuga, whence he steals a woman’s boat. He then comes to Port Royal to steal her Majesty’s fastest ship. Apparently, he cannot steal a pirate ship. But he can hire a new pirate crew. – His very clever stealing of the ship again showcases his wit and derring-do.
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