Lord Jim: Chapter 4 - Summary & Analysis

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Jim's Account of 'Patna' Accident and Marlow's Introduction


      After a few months, Jim does his best to defend himself from the court of inquiry. He tells the court that 'Patna' "went over whatever it was as easy as a snake crawling over a stick.'' He sums up that the ship collided with a wrecked submerged ship. He saw a "forepeak." He expected there a hole and went to inform the captain but his hand had got fractured as informed by the second engineer. He also told him that the ship was likely to sink. But Jim fails to justify his point because he lacks sound facts. He Jeels great humiliation during the inquiry. He feels that no one is realizing the truth. Then, he sees a white man who could feel Jim's inability to explain himself.

      Here, we see Jim through the eyes of this man named Marlow in whom Jim confides all that he could not deliver. Marlow, when the inquiry ended, has gathered enough facts during the proceedings, to narrate the story.


      Through Marlow, Jim is presented objectively and more elaborately; in the novel.

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