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MonkeyNotes-Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
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In this chapter, the plot again goes forward. Jim takes the job at the rice mill, offered by Marlow's friend, Mr. Denver. He obviously does a good job, for Marlow receives a letter praising Jim's work and his wit. Jim, however, is still filled with fear of being known for who he really is. When the second engineer comes to work at Denver's mill and threatens Jim, he leaves immediately. Jim is obviously hypersensitive and cannot tolerate any mention of the Patna incident.

Jim then takes a job as a water-clerk for Blake & Engstrom. He writes Marlow a letter to give him the news. Marlow is not pleased by Jim's new position, for he feels it is beneath the young man. But Jim does not stay at Blake & Engstrom for long either. When he hears the Patna being discussed by an old sea caption, he again bolts, hoping to flee from his past. The plot, from here to the end of the book, will


develop around Jim's urge to settle somewhere where the Patna incident is not known. Egstrom's comment at the end of the chapter is not hopeful and foreshadows Jim's continuing difficulties; he says the world is not big enough for Jim to hide from his past.

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