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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He had thin red hair , untidy for want of a valet , a shining , delicate , hooked nose
, narrow - lidded blue eyes , and a face with the color and texture of a white -
heart cherry . He used to spend his days in a hooded chair . My mother managed
My pulse was dancing with delight - my heart , too . It was like a game of hide -
and - seek , and yet it was life at last . Everything grew silent again , and I began
to think I had missed my time . Down below in the plain , a great way off , a dog
From down the long hill came a small sound of horses ? hoofs — a sound like the
beating of the heart , intermittent — a muffled thud on turf , and a faint clink of iron
. It seemed to die away unheard by the runner beside me . Presently there was ...
CHAPTER III T \ HE spirit of the age has changed ; everything has changed so
utterly that one can hardly believe in the existence of one's earlier self . But I can
still remember how , at that moment , I made the acquaintance of my heart - a
Then he waited , and against the light of the window I could see him mopping his
forehead with the sleeve of his coat ; my heart began to beat softly and insistently
- out of sympathy . Suddenly , from the deep shadow of the cloud above the sea ...
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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