At one point in the book Jim gets entangled with the pirates and makes a promise to them not to run away from the buccaneers during a meeting with the good doctor. The doctor urges him to flee with him while escape was possible, but Jim refuses because of his promise. I found myself rooting for Jim to escape since this was probably his only chance. My own thoughts were, “Jim, you can escape. They’re only pirates! Your word does not bind you since they’re thieves.” But upon reflection I realized that Jim did the right thing. He honored his word even though the pirates were crooks and untrustworthy themselves.
My conclusion from this story is that the integrity of one’s word is not to whom a promise is given but to Truth. True character and integrity does not require one to justify your actions. It is instead the truthful fulfillment of one’s responsibilities, thoughts, and words.