Romance: A Novel
One of three novels on which Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford collaborated, Romance tells the story of John Kemp, who dreams of adventure but has never set foot beyond the boundary of the family farm. Kemp gets more than he bargained for when adventure comes knocking in the form of two Spanish travelers who need help.
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After I had made it clear that I wanted to go with Carlos , and could pay for my
passage , I was handed down into the steerage , where a tallow candle burnt in a
thick , blue atmosphere . I was stripped and filled with some fiery liquid , and fell ...
After that I avoided any allusion to Cuba , because the thing , think as I would
about it , would not grow clear . It was plain that something illegal was going on
there , or how could “ that Irish devil , ” whoever he was , have power to hang
... hanging was a danger so recondite , and an eventuality so extravagant , as to
make the whole thing ridiculous . And yet I remembered how unhappy I felt , how
inexplicably unhappy . Presently the reason was made clear . I was homesick .
I had not then spoken very loudly , or had not made my meaning very clear . I felt
a great desire to find Macdonald , and a simple life that I could understand . " I am
not going with you , ” I said , very loudly this time . He stopped at once .
A Novel Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford. He fascinated me . He was all eyes in
the dusk , standing in a languid pose just clear of the shaft of light that fell through
the scuttle in a square patch . I lowered my voice , too . “ What life ? " I asked .
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“And on this ghostly sigh, on this breath, with the feeble click of beads in the nun’s hands, a silence fell upon the room, vast as the stillness of a world of unknown faiths, loves, beliefs, of ... Read full review