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No, there wasn't; Sam had no wish to go to sea. Sam is referencing what his father said earlier in the book (pgs 8 and 9 in my copy): Dad didn't like the land. He liked the sea, wet and big and endless. Sometimes he would tell me about Great-grandfather Gribley, who owned land in the Catskill Mountains and felled the trees and built a home and plowed ...


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