Why was Timothy trying to make Phillip more independent in the novel, The Cay?From the book, The Cay.

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The aging St. Thomian sailor, Timothy, may feel that his own life is nearing an end while he is stranded on the uninhabited island in the Theodore Taylor novel, The Cay. With Phillip blinded and no real certainty of a quick rescue, Timothy chooses to impart his own survival skills upon the young boy. Timothy does not like to discuss the boy's blindness since he knows that it might be a permanent disability, and he understands that Phillip may eventually be left alone. Timothy's foresight proves timely as he dies protecting Phillip from the hurricane that blasts the island.