In Victory (1915) Conrad returns to the Malay Archipelago, to the setting of his first mature novel, Lord Jim, and in Axel Heyst he creates a hero who is in many ways similar to Jim, a noble altruist destroyed by his ideals. Heyst is emotionally crippled by the influence of his dead father, a sceptical philosopher who has bequeathed to Heyst an attitude to life summed up in the father's dying words: 'Look on - make no sound.' Despite this injunction Heyst allows himself to become inextricably involved with an English Cockney girl whom he rescues from Giancomo's Travelling Ladies' Orchestra and carries off to his isolated retreat on the island of Samburan. His action incurs the fatal wrath of Schomberg, the island's innkeeper, who sends in pursuit of Heyst three demonic strangers whose invasion of his island paradise leads rapidly to the novel's violent and tragic close.
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Since this Note is mostly concerned with personal contacts and the origins of the
persons in the tale, I am bound also to speak of Lena, because if I were to leave
her out it would look like a slight; and nothing would be further from my thoughts ...
... that they were in debt to him now; would preach to them energy and industry,
and make an elaborate note in a pocket-diary which he always carried; and this
would be the end of that transaction. I don't know if Morrison thought so, but 9 II ...
I don't know if Morrison thought so, but the villagers had no doubt whatever about
it. Whenever a coast village sighted the brig it would begin to beat all its gongs
and hoist all its streamers, and all its girls would put flowers in their hair and the ...
“Miracles do happen,” thought the awestruck Morrison. To him, as to all of us in
the islands, this wandering Heyst, who didn't toil or spin visibly, seemed the very
last person to be the agent of Providence in an affair concerned with money.
Then, while steaming across the slight indentation which for a time was known
officially as Black Diamond Bay, he made out with his glass the white figure on
the coaling-wharf. It could be no one but Heyst. “I thought for certain he wanted to
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Conrad managed to develop characters, imperfect, that all drove themselves forward on their own agendas to the story's conclusion- facilitating and enabling it along the way. He manages to keep the ... Read full review
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In the first part we get an outsider's view of Axel Heyst's character, actions and motives without being certain who he is or what actually drives him. I found this off-putting until the second part ... Read full review