In class, we talked about a number of roles that Leggatt could have in The Secret Sharer. By the end of the story, Leggatt's role is still inconclusive. He can be seen as a disembodied character or a character with a physical presence. I believe that he has a very important physical presence in the story. More specifically, I think that he adds romance. As I read, I could not help but picture the Captain and Leggatt to have a close relationship, similar to a typical romance in other novels or movies. The story starts off with the Captain on his ship, where he feels out of place and alone. Once Leggatt climbs aboard the ship, the Captain's attitude changes. He does not seem to feel as isolated and he is more confident. The Captain refers to Leggatt as his "double" throughout the story, and the fact that the Captain now finds someone with similar qualities to his own and has someone to talk to make it seem like a romance. The way the two communicate can also be seen as romantic. They tend to whisper to each other in a fairly close space. The romantic actions continue at the end of the story when we see how the Captain truly cares for Leggatt. The Captain is willing to get dangerously close to shore in order for Leggatt to reach the island safely. This caring act further displays the powerful bond between the Captain and Leggatt. Is there anything else from the story that displays the romance between these two characters? Is there another role that you find more prominent for Leggatt?