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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Castro , on his hands and knees , startled me by whispering at my feet : “ Stand
aside , seņor ” . Standing there , in the midst of the whispering , bareheaded ,
kneeling , and villainous crowd , I had a vivid vision of her pale , dim , pitiful face .
I whispered loudly : “ Carlos ! Carlos ! " There was a moment of hoarse
whispering ; a sudden gruff sound . A shaft of blazing yellow light darted from the
level of the ground into my dazed eyes . A man sprang at me and thrust
something cold ...
Don't struggle , " he whispered in my ear ; his silk handkerchief came cool across
my eyelids . 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 ...
It was he who had cried the watchword , “ Snuff and enough , " and who had held
the whispered consultation . Carlos and Castro had waited in their hiding - place ,
having been spectators of the arrival of the runners and of my capture .
Ah , amigo mio , but you must now , ” said Carlos gently— “ you must And ,
looking me straight in the face with a still , penetrating glance of his big , romantic
eyes , “ It is a good life , " he whispered seductively , " and I like you , John Kemp .
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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