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" I've said to the Earth that bore me: 'I am I and you are a shadow.' And, by Jove, it is so! But it appears that such words cannot be uttered with impunity. Here I am on a Shadow inhabited by Shades. How helpless a man is against the Shades! How is one... "
Victory - Page 350
by Joseph Conrad - 1924 - 412 pages
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VICTORY

JOSEP CONRAD - 1921
...funny," she said thoughtfully. "Bad? I suppose it is. I don't know that it is. But do you? Do you?.You talk as if you didn't believe in it." She gazed at..."What's the matter, dear?" she whispered timidly. "I am sorry," she murmured. "And so am I," he confessed quickly. "And the bitterest of this humiliation...
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Go Down, Moses

Nancy Dew Taylor, William Faulkner - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 268 pages
...to refine everything away. I've said to the Earth that bore me: "I am I and you are a shadow." . . . But it appears that such words cannot be uttered with...against them? I have lost all belief in realities . . .'" (350). Cf. the notes at 136.22-26 and 186.18. 148.21/144.7-8 Ah'm snakebit now and pizen cant...
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A Joseph Conrad Companion

Leonard Orr, Theodore Billy - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 346 pages
...so it might cease to exist. "All this is too unreal altogether," Heyst says to Lena — and later: "How helpless a man is against the Shades! How is...against them? I have lost all belief in realities" (V, 350). If the world is a dream which cannot be controlled, nothing can be changed, and thus Heyst...
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The Gorgon's Head: A Study in Tragedy and Despair

William R. Brashear - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 180 pages
...uttered with impunity. Here I am on a Shadow inhabited by Shades. How helpless a man is against Shadows! How is one to intimidate, persuade, resist, assert...belief in realities. . . . Lena give me your hand." The treatment of Heyst then might be taken as a criticism on Conrad's part of the subjective state...
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