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In Lord Jim, how does Captain Brierly's method of dealing with his past influence Jim?

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The character of Captain Brierly offers an example of somebody who copes with memories in a very bad way. Captain Brierly is one of the judges on Jim's case, and he is clearly a very successful man. Aged only 32, he apparently has everything he could want. However, what makes him stand out is that he chooses to commit suicide a week after Jim's case is finished, jumping overboard. In retrospect, Marlow remembers conversations that he had with Captain Brierly that point...

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