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The Butler, Setting Sail
Chapter 51
Japanese Title その執事、出港
Sono Shitsuji, Shukkō
Volume 11
Chapter 51
Anime Episodes N/A
Arc Luxury Liner Arc
Release Date November 18, 2010
Chronology
Previous Chapter The Butler, Laid to Rest
Next Chapter The Butler, At the Helm

The Butler, Setting Sail (その執事、出港, Sono Shitsuji, Shukkō) is chapter 51 of the Kuroshitsuji manga.

Summary

The chapter begins with Karl Woodley being stabbed in the head by Charles Grey's sword. Thereafter, Grey complains to Charles Phipps and John Brown that he could not manage to harm Ciel. Phipps reprimands Grey and remarks that it is because he does not think about the consequences of his actions before he does things. Grey then changes the subject and says he wonders what the queen is doing, to which Phipps replies that mere butlers such as themselves do not need to know, as long as they do everything according to the queen's wishes.

The scene then switches to inside the Phantomhive household, where Sebastian talks to Mey-Rin, Finnian, Baldroy, and Tanaka about their chores, and then introduces them to Snake, who has become the household's new footman. Snake enters the room with many of his snakes, and causes all of the other servants except for Sebastian to run away. Sebastian remarks that there is nothing to be afraid of, as the snakes won't attack or kill anyone unless Snake orders them to.

Sebastian smacks Snake's back and orders him to introduce himself, to which he shyly obeys. Finnian becomes confused with how Snake ends every sentence with "says Oscar," "says Bronte," etc., until Oscar, one of Snake's snakes, explains that Snake is Snake's name. Snake and Oscar then begin introducing the other snakes until Sebastian interrupts them and says to do it at another time since they have work to do, and then says that Snake will be the household's new footman.

The servants start preparing food in the kitchen, and Baldroy questions Sebastian as to whether he is actually serious about hiring someone as suspicious as Snake. Sebastian replies that it doesn't matter whether he's suspicious or not, since Ciel had asked him to hire him, and also because Baldroy and the other servants could also be considered "suspicious." Sebastian then goes on to say that he doesn't care who Snake is, but if he ever tried to harm Ciel, Sebastian would kill him.

Sebastian then brings food to Ciel, who is having tea and reading the newspaper. Ciel asks how good Snake is at his job, and Sebastian replies it will take some time to train him, but he is a fast learner so it should be alright. They have a conversation about how Sebastian is good at teaching people things, but then he teases Ciel and says he might not be as good a teacher as he had thought, since Ciel had not learned much from their dancing lessons.

Ciel gets annoyed and goes back to reading his newspaper, and then sees that the front headlines talk about a hospital who can bring people back to life. Sebastian notices that Ciel is bothered by something and questions what is wrong, to which Ciel replies that it's nothing important. Lau and Ran-Mao then suddenly come through the door, with Lau asking how Ciel is and claiming that he was there to steal Ciel's breakfast, although Ciel had already finished. Ciel tries to questions Lau further, but Lau then sees Sebastian, and questions why he isn't dead. Ciel interrupts and tells Lau to listen when people are talking. He then asks why Lau was actually there, since he couldn't possibly be there just to get a free breakfast.

A conversation about a hospital that revives the dead starts between Ciel, Sebastian, and Lau. Ciel says he has little interest in the occult, but Lau then remarks that it may not be the occult, and that Karnstein Hospital has been doing a lot of shopping at the back docks that Ciel has Lau in charge of. Ciel questions if they're selling/buying drugs, and Lau replies that it's not drugs, but people. Lau then remarks that the hospital has apparently been buying foreign slaves illegally for a while, but lately the numbers are quite unusual, and he doubts that the hospital could even fit that many people. Lau remarks that it seems like a bad thing for a hospital like that to be featured in regular society's news, to which Sebastian asks if he means that the "revival of the dead" article in the paper may be caused by the hospital performing illegal human experimentation. Lau tells him that that's right. Ciel says that if that's true, then it's an interference in the regular society by an underground power, but says that it may be able to be fixed easily if they can do it quick enough, so he orders Sebastian to investigate immediately. Sebastian then tells Ciel to leave it to him

Later, Ciel looks out one of his windows, towards Finnian and Snake pointing to an arriving horse carriage, while remarking that reviving the dead sounds like a foolish thing to believe. He then notices the carriage, which contains Elizabeth, who comes bursting through his doors to greet and hug him. She excitedly tells him that they're having a family trip on a luxury cruise ship for three weeks from the 17th of April. Ciel is less than enthused, and tells her that it is impossible since he has work to do. Elizabeth nags that the ship is supposed to be the most luxurious ship in the world, and that her mother said it would be good if Ciel could take rest from work every once in a while. Ciel says that he appreciates the offer, but he can't take that much time off from work. Elizabeth becomes sad, so Ciel says that he can go on a trip for a few days if it's somewhere close. Elizabeth says that anywhere is fine and hugs Ciel.

Elizabeth soon leaves, and Sebastian appears out of nowhere in front of Ciel, asking Ciel what he's grinning at. Ciel screams and tells Sebastian not to surprise him like that, and that he wasn't grinning. Ciel then questions what's with his outfit, which is a doctor's attire. Sebastian says that he dressed that way in order to get information easily. He says that what he found out is that Karnstein Hospital's upper-rank doctors, including the director, Rian Stoker, have opened an association called the "Aurora Society." The Aurora Society is a secret society made up of doctors who have "The complete salvation of mankind through medicine" as their motto, and the members of the society conduct illegal human experiments daily within the hospital. The Aurora Society also apparently holds presentations for the results of their experiments regularly and collects donations from nobles. Sebastian says that even with all of this information, there was no sign of the slaves, the actual human experiments, or signs of reviving the dead inside the hospital. Ciel remarks that all of this seems very fishy, and Sebastian agrees and says that there is definitely a clue to be found within the Aurora Society. Ciel asks where the Aurora Society's next meeting is, to which Sebastian replies that it is to be on a ship that departs from Southampton Port on the 17th of April. Ciel begins saying that meeting on a ship seems like something nobles would do, but then remembers about Elizabeth inviting him to a ship for the same day. Ciel hurriedly asks what the name of the ship is, to which Sebastian replies that it is the Blue Star Line's luxury ship, Campania.

The scene then suddenly changes the Ciel, Sebastian, and Snake boarding a ship, with Snake's snakes also boarded in a crate. The other servants remark that it's cool that Snake gets to go as well, to which Sebastian replies that it's because it is a footman's job to accompany his master on outings. He then tells the servants to do their jobs properly while they are gone, to which they say they will comply. Sebastian then says goodbye and the three board the ship. After they get on, a man asks Mey-Rin if she knows where the second class entrance is, and she says it is probably in the east direction. The man then thanks her and says he'll treat her to some tea later, and asks for her room number. Mey-Rin becomes flustered and exclaims that she's only there to see someone off. One of the ship's employees remarks that the bridge will be pulled up soon, to which the man hurriedly says to Mey-Rin that he'll invite her to tea again if he makes it back in one piece. Baldroy says that the man seemed like a playboy, and Finnian remarked that he had big glasses. The man is then shown running quickly towards the ship, saying he'd be killed if he missed it.

The scene then switches to Ciel, Sebastian, and Snake at the top floor of the ship, with the other servants on the ground waving to them and seeing them off. The man who had been talking to Mey-Rin is seen on board, saying he made it just in time. The man then takes off his hat and reveals that he is Ronald Knox.

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