Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim by Jeremy Jericho

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Besides, he doesn’t want to start a panic. And what can he do alone? But Jim isn’t alone. In his paralysis, he forgets the East Indian sailors (lascars) who make up the rest of the crew. The two helmsmen, for example, never desert their post, even though they know something is wrong. Marlow jumps, for a moment, to their testimony at the inquiry. It never occurred to them to desert their posts. Behavior like that is so inconceivable to these honest men that they’re convinced the white officers must have abandoned ship for some good, secret reason other than saving their skins.

He also sees in Jim a reflection of his younger, more naive self. Marlow doesn’t sermonize about the rewards of friendship. But he goes out of his way to help Jim, and he expends a lot of energy thinking and talking about him. Because Marlow tends to be unsentimental, even gruff, and because his affection for Jim is sometimes obscured by the relationship of narrator to subject, this theme stays a little below the surface. It’s still the novel’s basic plot mechanism. Without the friendship, there wouldn’t be a novel.

The front of the hold (the lower part of the ship) quickly filled with water. The only thing keeping the rest of the hold from flooding, and thus sinking the ship, was a single rusty bulkhead (partition). - has given way to another- why is Jim in hot water? ” Whether they can, or whether the facts can differ from the truth behind an incident, is one of the questions you will have to consider. Just as Jim is despairing that it’s useless trying to explain his actions, a new character, Marlow, appears on the scene.

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