The Secret Sharer Questions and Answers
by Joseph Conrad

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Was there really a secret sharer, or is this a figment of the Captain's imagination to help him through his first voyage as captain?

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A very good question! The story is based on a historical incident, but because of the first-person point of view, we know only what the captain tells us. Most critics agree that Leggatt is real. Taking Leggatt onboard and hiding him is against maritime law, but doing so successfully gives the captain a sense of accomplishment that reaches its peak when he manages to deposit Leggatt as close to shore as...

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