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Plot summary[ edit ] "The Secret Sharer" takes place on a sailing ship in the Gulf of Siam now the Gulf of Thailandat the start of a voyage with cargo for Britain. The date is probably in the s, when Conrad was at sea himself. He is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having joined the ship only a fortnight earlier, and unsure of his ability to exert his authority over the officers and crew who have been together for some time.
He makes the point several times that he is the "stranger" on board. After being towed downriver presumably from Bangkok by a steam tug, the ship is left at anchor near a group of small barren islands a few miles off shore, waiting for wind to begin its voyage.
An incoming ship is anchored similarly a couple of miles away, awaiting a tug to go upriver. That night, the captain, being restless, unusually takes the watch.
Leadership is often a struggle, and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our difficulties for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Weird Tales. Vol. I, by E. T. A. Hoffmann This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Most of Conrad’s stories were inspired by his experiences at sea: Lord Jim was a story that he had heard about the ship the Jeddah; The Nigger of the Narcissus was based on his adventures from Bombay to England; “The Secret Sharer” was taken from an actual incident aboard the Cutty Sark in ; and Heart of Darkness, Conrad’s most famous .
Curiously, the captain initially sees the body as a headless corpse, which seems to hint at something much more foreboding. On second look, however, the body is full and the face speaks. The naked swimmer is hesitant to talk or come on board, but seems pleased to discover he is speaking to the captain.
Still on deck, Leggatt explains that he was the First Mate of the other ship, but was placed under arrest after being accused of murdering a crew member.
The victim was a disobedient bully. During a storm which nearly sank their ship on their voyage here, Leggatt was physically wrestling with the man to make him to pull a rope when a freak wave threw them both against a bulwark and the man was killed.
Leggatt, a "stranger" on the other ship just as the captain is on his, would certainly face the gallows on landing. Though the captain could, and by all the rules should, arrest Leggatt, he instead leads him to concealment in his cabin. Our captain, not a natural liar, manages to bluff through, but is left terrified as to what his own officers make of his strained behaviour.
Leggatt comes close to discovery several times, almost like a stage farce. All the while, the captain is tormented by any small sign that any of his crew suspect or even might have discovered the secret. The captain and Leggatt evolve a plan: Leggatt, being a good swimmer, will drop into the sea and swim ashore further down the Gulf of Siam while the ship is sailed as close in to land as possible.
Leggatt escapes unnoticed and the captain leads the ship away. This section does not cite any sources.
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message The story has a theme seen in some other Conrad stories Lord JimNostromo of the hero facing a decision and drifting into the one which is "wrong" by normal social standards, a lapse from the rules he is expected to follow.
The decision by the captain to conceal Leggatt is the hinge point of this story. While the reader is likely to believe that Leggatt does not deserve to be convicted of murder, there is no doubt that the captain, as the representative of the law on his ship, is breaking all the rules in concealing Leggatt.
Yet there is no clear point at which the decision is made. Although our narrator is speaking his thoughts, fears and doubts, he never says "I decided to conceal Leggatt". When they move from the deck to the cabin, it seems at first only to get Leggatt dry and to hear his story more fully, but the situation somehow drifts into one of concealment.
This happens when they instinctively lower their voices on hearing the footsteps of the second mate who has now taken over the watch on the deck overhead. At the end of the story, when Leggatt drops into the sea from a stern porthole, we do not even know if he survives the long swim to the Indo-China shore, to start a new life.
He wrote the short story as a break from the much larger novel, which was emotionally difficult for him. There are similarities between the two stories, with the Captain and Leggatt becoming Razumov and Haldin, respectively.Works | Journalism | Chronology | Biography | Photos | Marxists Internet Archive.
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Joseph Conrad uses a doppelganger theme in his short story The Secret rutadeltambor.com the story, Laggatt, the ex-skipper of a ship, acts as a doppelganger of the Captain.
The Secret Sharer [Joseph Conrad] on rutadeltambor.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A young man sets out on his first voyage as captain, aboard a vessel and among a crew that are equally unfamiliar to him.
A mysterious night-swimmer climbs aboard4/5(51).