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Brown and his men invade Patusan because they need food and money, and the village looks prosperous and vulnerable on a map. But it proves to be difficult prey. Brown’s men are soon surrounded on a hill in what looks like a hopeless position- until the rajah, via Kassim, opens negotiations. It’s then that he hears about Jim. Brown is such a low creature that he can’t imagine Jim as anything other than a plunderer like himself. But when they meet, and he perceives his error, his hatred is immediate and absolute.
But the case in Lord Jim is more complex. There’s still a lot of Conrad in Marlow, but the author has distanced himself somewhat. Author and character share a sympathy for Jim, but the character is perhaps a little more eager to find reasons to excuse him. The author marshals evidence objectively, pro and con; he doesn’t load the dice. CHAPTER FIVE Launching before an after-dinner audience into his garrulous, digressive monologue, Marlow steers clear of just what it was that happened on the Patna.
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. ” To achieve this goal, he fills his pages with one image after another. Conrad’s prose is rich, complicated, and sensual.