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Henley (see above). PINKER,J. B. (186~1922). One of the first and most notable members of the profession of literary agent, he acted for Conrad from the turn of the century and handled his work from 'Typhoon' onwards. When Pinker died, Conrad said he felt the loss 'profoundly', spoke of their intimacy during the war years as 'very close', and described him as 'my friend of twenty years' standing, whose devotion to my interests and whose affection borne towards myself and all belonging to me were the greatest moral and material support through nearly all my writing life' (letter of 19 February 1922).
With his friend and fellow-Harrovian Edward Sanderson (see below), Galsworthy was a passenger on the Torrens when it set sail from Adelaide in March 1893 with Conrad as chief officer. In a letter written during the voyage to Cape Town, Galsworthy described Conrad as 'a capital chap, though queer to look at; he ... has a fund of yarns on which I draw freely'. They later became close friends and corresponded frequently. For Galsworthy the man, Conrad had a strong affection, but his view of Galsworthy as a writer is less unambiguous.
Norman Sherry (in Conrad's Eastern World) argues persuasively that Williams is a prototype of both Jim (in Lord jim) and Leggatt (in 'The Secret Sharer'). Like Jim, he was a parson's son and became a water-clerk in Singapore after the court of inquiry (at which period Conrad may have met him); and like Jim he married a Eurasian. UnlikeJim, however, he did not jump from thejeddah but 'had his hand wounded and was flung into the sea by the pilgrims, being picked up by the captain'; and unlike Jim he remained in Singapore to the end of his days.
A Conrad Companion by Norman Page (auth.)