Jim always compares the voices of the other men to that of animals: owls, dogs, bleating.
One of us = Could be any of us
“There are as many shipwrecks as there are men”
What Conrad is doing here is brilliant because I find myself, at times, empathizing and even believing Jim and his cowardly excuse of a story.
Funny how the pilgrims actually did get to Mecca alive and Jim went to hell alive. A living wake