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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34 « Take a fool's advice , and scoot ” I felt that the light of Romance was going
out of my life 40 166 . Castro , on his hands and knees , startled me by
whispering at my feet : “ Stand aside , señor ” . Standing there , in the midst of the
I felt hands fumbling with a knot at the back of my head . “ You're all right , " he
said again . The hubbub of voices ceased suddenly . “ Now , lads , bring ' em
along . " A voice I knew said their watchword , “ Snuff and enough , ” ' loudly , and
I felt glad and flattered that a personage so romantic should deem me a fit
companion for himself . He went forward as if with some purpose . Some days
afterwards the second mate sent for me to his cabin . He had been on the sick list
, and he ...
But he glared at me so soberly that next moment I felt frightened . “ Hanged by the
neck , ” he repeated ; and then added , “ Young fellow , you scoot . Take a fool's
advice , and scoot . That Castro is a blame fool , anyhow . Yeh want men for that ...
And yet I remembered how unhappy I felt , how inexplicably unhappy . Presently
the reason was made clear . I was homesick . I gave no further thought to the
second mate . I looked at the harbor we were entering , and thought of the home I
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