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LORD JIM A play by Frank J Morlock

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Examiner


Do you know where the other officers of the Patna may be?


Jim


The engineer is dead.


Examiner


I know that. I was referring to the others.


Jim


No.


Examiner


They are summoned to appear or forfeit their licenses. Do you know why they might not wish to testify?


Jim


That's obvious, isn't it?


Examiner


This is hot a criminal prosecution.


Jim


Still, it is a disgrace.


Examiner


Then, why are you here? It's embarrassing for you, too, isn't it?


Jim


Yes, but I must see it through.


Examiner


I want you to realize that I am only here to get the truth. I have no vendetta against anyone. I have no preconceptions. This is only a hearing to determine if the officers' licenses should be cancelled. You understand that?


Jim


Yes.


Examiner


I want you to think of me as your friend, not your enemy. May I call you by your first name?


Jim


I don't object.


Examiner


Jim, is it? Were you the first mate, Jim?


Jim


No, I was the second mate.


Examiner


Now, will you tell us what happened on the Patna the night of the disaster.


Jim


I was standing third watch. The rest of the crew was asleep or off duty except for the Lascars. We were running smoothly over a calm sea.


Examiner


One moment. There were passengers on your ship?


Jim


Yes.


Examiner


How many?


Jim


Roughly eight hundred Indian Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca.


Examiner


That was just to set the record straight. Go ahead with your story.


Jim


Well, a short time later, we hit something. Whatever it was, it pealed a good deal of the hull right off, just like the skin off a tangerine.


Examiner


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