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Confidence Within In the short story The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad the Captain changes from an insecure person to a confident leader because of the experience with the Secret Sharer At first the Captain felt reluctant to give orders for fear of what his crew thought of him Through an interaction with Leggatt the Captain makes a transformation to a more self-assured person In the beginning of the story the Captain a stranger to his ship and his crew is fearful of the opinion of his peers The Captain knowing that for the last two days his crew had plenty of hard work and little sleep let all hands turn in without setting an anchor watch The Captain says I asked myself whether it was wise ever to interfere with the established routine of duties even from the kindest of motives 492 The Captain questions himself because he is not confident with his decision Later while still on the deck thinking to himself he wonders what kind of impression he had left on his men He says My actions might have made me appear eccentric 492 He worries about the opinion of his peers because he is a stranger to them and himself The Captain then goes through a transformation experience when he meets his double a man named Leggatt After meeting Leggatt a stowaway that committed murder the Captain changes into a confident person Through Leggatt the Captain gets to know himself better and is no longer a stranger to himself and his crew Shortly after meeting the Secret Sharer the captain is feeling more confident and starts to give orders He says It was the first particular order I had given on board that ship and I stayed on deck to see it executed 949 He no longer worrys about the opinion of his crew rather is confident with his decision When it is time for Leggatt to leave the ship
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