It’s a short chapter—establishing the ship, meaning the captain and the fugitive, will stick around as long as the doctor is on the island where they landed last chapter. Then there’s some ominous foreshadowing with the fugitive seeing some current newspapers. There’s a little bit more with the new character, Erik the Dane, but not so much character development as having someone else for the main characters to interact with. I’m not sure if it’s just a short chapter or if, as the novel hits its midsection, but there’s not as much to talk about. It’s all active, all scene. There’s one use of the second person, something I’m just not comfortable with I’ve decided, especially how Maugham uses it without rhyme or reason.