Lord Jim

Lord Jim: Chapters 33-35

  Summary – Chapters Thirty Three, Thirty Four and Thirty Five Chapter Thirty Three expands on the earlier discussion between Marlow and Jewel and he relates how Jewel fears the unknown. She tells Marlow that she asked Jim to leave on the night he saw off the attackers as he was in danger, but also …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 30-32

  Summary – Chapters Thirty, Thirty One and Thirty Two In Chapter Thirty, Jim tells Marlow he does not know why he ‘hung on’ there (whilst Cornelius was treating him badly), but Marlow says we may guess as Jim sympathized deeply with Jewel who was at the mercy of this ‘scoundrel’. Cornelius demanded respect from …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 27-29

  Summary – Chapter Twenty Seven, Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine Chapter Twenty Seven explains Jim’s directions to attack Sherif Ali’s camp. He supervised the cannons being moved up the hill and the ‘simple folk’ of the outlying villages came to believe he carried them on his back. Marlow notices how the surroundings and the …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 24-26

  Summary – Chapters Twenty Four, Twenty Five and Twenty Six Chapter Twenty Four begins with a description of Patusan, which Marlow visits nearly two years later. It is ‘straight and sombre, and faces a misty ocean’. When Marlow goes there, the elderly headsman, who acts as his pilot, calls Jim ‘Tuan Jim’ (which means …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 22-23

  Summary – Chapters Twenty Two and Twenty Three Chapter Twenty Two begins with an introduction to Patusan. It can be seen in ‘collections of old voyages’ and 17th century traders used to go there for pepper. These Dutch and English voyagers would defy death for it and such journeys made them heroic and pathetic. …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 19-21

  Summary – Chapters Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One In Chapter Nineteen, the readers are told that these instances of Jim leaving his post are just two examples that Marlow can give. All of them are ‘equally tinged by a high-minded absurdity of intention which made their futility profound and touching’. He sees Jim as …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 17-18

  Summary – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen Marlow pleads with Jim to accept his help in Chapter Seventeen. Jim refuses to take the remaining wages he is owed from working on the Patna and Marlow asks him where he will turn. He informs Jim he has written to a man for a favor (on Jim’s …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 14-16

  Summary – Chapters Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen Chapter Fourteen returns to the final day of the inquiry. Marlow compares it to attending an execution and says the experience was infinitely worse than a beheading: ‘These proceedings had all the cold vengefulness of a death sentence, had all the cruelty of a sentence of exile’. …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 12-13

  Summary – Chapters Twelve andThirteen In Chapter Twelve, Jim recounts how the Avondale picked them up the next day just before sunset. The other men told ‘their’ story and Jim said nothing. He felt he had to live down the fact he jumped; the story did not matter. Marlow reveals for the first time …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 9-11

  Summary – Chapters Nine, Ten and Eleven On board the Patna, in Chapter Nine, the chief engineer asked Jim for help to free their lifeboat from the ship and pointed to the approaching squall. Jim kept his distance from them and the second engineer ran for the hammer (under the orders of the skipper) …

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