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The Secret Sharer

Joseph Conrad

Character Analysis The Chief Mate

Like the second mate, the Captain's chief mate is another minor character on board the ship who doubts the Captain's ability to command. Although not a "sneering" man such as the second mate, the chief mate does express great doubt and fear about the Captain's actions at Koh-ring, causing the Captain to order him to "Be quiet." After the episode at Koh-ring, however, the Captain has sufficiently proven his worth to the crew, forever stifling the objections of the chief and second mates.