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    Billy Budd is the story of the titular seaman's trial and execution after he strikes and accidentally kills an officer aboard the HMS Bellipotent, a British warship. Captain Vere, his commanding officer, deliberates on points of law and martial discipline weighed against Budd's pure character. The conclusion of the novel offers varying perspectives on Budd's personality and reputation, showing an elegiac account by fellow seamen, a naval denouncement, and a report of Vere's death and apparent regret for his actions.