Despite the great distance from our last port, the night sky in that quarter was illuminated still by raging fires. It dimmed only with the rising of the sun.
The Captain informed Elijah that he expects to raise the next port within a week.
Elijah encouraged him to pay a call on the guards. The Captain queried them in turn about the contents of the container in their charge. Neither claimed to have any knowledge about its contents. Even the disaffected one was emphatic that their orders prohibited the breaking of its seals.
The Captain challenged them that they no longer have to answer to a superior.
They countered that they will indeed have to answer at the next port.