Why did Timothy try to help Phillip after he discovered he was blind?

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Timothy's innate goodness was such that he would have helped anyone in need of assistance at anytime. When Timothy rescued Phillip from the water after the sinking of their ship, the boy was not yet blind. He only became blind after many hours aboard the raft, and his harsh words came only after they had been adrift for some time. No doubt Timothy sympathized with the boy's dilemma and realized that he would need assistance in order to survive their ordeal. Timothy's fatherly age and wisdom also took over when he saw that the two may be together for some time.

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