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    Benito Cereno is the story of a meeting between two ships in the Atlantic. The Bachelor's Delight and the San Dominick come alongside one another so that the former can offload relief supplies to the storm-battered latter, only to discover that the San Dominick has been seized by rebel slaves hiding behind a captive white crew. The novel meditates on violence, human connection, and depravity before the uprising is overthrown and its leader put to death, an event which occasions paradoxical sympathy in his victims.