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    and it was *he*

    Her [Captain's girlfriend's] father had a strip of land on which he grew taro and bananas and he had a boat in which he went fishing. He was vaguely related to the mate of the schooner [Captain's schooner], and it was he who took Captain Butler up to the shabby little frame house to spend an idle evening. They took a bottle of whisky with them and the ukulele.
    (W.S. Maugham; Honolulu)

    Can we be at least 95% sure of whom 'he' refers to (the mate of the schooner or 'her father')?
    I would think it was 'the mate of the schooner'.

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    Re: and it was *he*

    I am not sure at all.

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    Re: and it was *he*

    I have now read on a little, and discovered that it was the mate who took the Captain. This is not made clear in your sentences.

    The Trembling of a Leaf by William Somerset Maugham: Honolulu

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