The harried debate between Giorgio and Teresa over Nostromo's merits serves to
build anticipation for Nostromo's entrance. But on the allegorical level of Nostromo
as "the People" it can be read more philosophically, as a debate over
the nature of the masses. Giorgio (the defender of the people) insists that "Nostromo"
is dutiful and ever mindful, Teresa that "he" is servile and selfish.
The disagreement acquires urgency from the lawless masses attacking their house.