I wonder if Marlow is a little jealous of Jim? I mean, what’s to be jealous of, but still, he feels ashamed a little of Jim and tells the one man that Jim was mate on the Patna. He didn’t have to say anything.
It’s almost as if Jim could keep remaking himself, if only he could get away from himself. But, of course, you can never escape your past.
The Australian the captain felt like bookends of Jim’s life.