Who is Ned Grime from "The Slave Dancer" by Paula Fox? How is he important to the story?

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Ned Grime is the ship's carpenter. He isn't a sailor and knows very little about running a ship. He considers himself better and above the rest of the crew. He acts like he is a very religious man, talking about how slavery is evil. However, he shows himself to be a hypocrite when Jessie finds out that Grime will make money from the voyage. So Grime talks a big game about how it is wrong to enslave people, but he is willing to be a part of it in order to make money. He is one example of how people are hypocritical or when they don't "practice what they preach".