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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It seems that on Liverpool docks , in the owl - light , they fell in with an elderly
hunks just returned from West Indies , who asks the time at the door of a shipping
agent . Castro pulls out a watch , and the old fellow jumps on it , vows it's his own
What's the ship ? ” I was at a loss , but Carlos said out of the darkness , “ The ship
the Thames . My friend Seņor Ortiz , of the Minories , said you would know . ” “ Oh
, I know , I know , " Rangsley said softly ; and , indeed , he did know all that was ...
And then old Rangsley hove to , to wait for the ship , and sat half asleep , lurching
over the tiller . He was a very unreliable scoundrel . The boat leaked like a sieve .
The wind freshened , and we three began to ask ourselves how it was going to ...
I made out ghastly parallelograms of a ship's sails high above us , and at last
many faces peering unseeingly over the rail in our direction . We all shouted
together . I may say that it was thanks to me that we reached the ship . Our boat
There were all the elements of romance about Carlos ' story-except the actual
discomforts of the ship in which we were sailing . He himself had never been in
Cuba or seen his uncle ; but he had , as I have indicated , ruined himself in one
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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