I really began to identify much more with Carlito through these chapters. I wasn't sure about his reasons for deciding to stay on the pirate ship and just live. After discussing this with the group we decided that he felt he was strong enough to survive if Billy could survive with his father imprisoned. This really seemed to make Carlito more real.
We also discussed having a female pirate in the story. I think the students were surprised about having her. They are pretty sure she will be important to the plot because of the way she was introduced.