'On the lower deck in the babel of two hundred voices he would forget himself, and beforehand live in his mind the sea life of light literature,.
Joseph Conrade Lord Jim
The character in the above passage is
The character in the passage is day-dreaming. He is on the lower deck, surrounded by a lot of noise from the other crew members, and he forgets himself while living in his mind the sea life of light literature. This indicates that he is lost in thought, imagining and fantasizing about stories he has read or heard about.