Arsat asked the white man for medicine in the story but why?
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Does this question relate to "The Lagoon?"
Arsat hopes that by obtaining medicine he can save Diamelen's life.
In 'Lagoon' Arsat was overwhelmed with the serious illness of diamelen,his lover.Naturally he was afraid of her death. So when he saw white man ,he asked for medicine from him to revive her from illness.