Why does Timothy call Phillip "young boss"?

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When Timothy rescues Phillip from the sinking ship, the S. S. Hato, he refers to Phillip as "Young Bahss" which is really "Young Boss" written to mimic the way the words sound in Timothy's Caribbean dialect. This form of address was a common practice in the 1940s.

However, as the story advances, the way that Phillip and Timothy address each other changes. Phillip begins by calling Timothy...

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