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.
... nose that had , on the skin stretched tight over the bridge , the polish of old
ivory ; the elbow pressing the black cocked hat against the side ; the legs , one
bent , the other bowing a little back — this was the attitude of Seraphina's father .
Then for the first time I saw Seraphina , looking over her father's shoulder . I
remember her face of that day ; her eyes were gray — the gray of black , not of
blue . For a moment they looked me straight in the face , reflectively ,
unconcerned , and ...
In the family my mother counted ; my father did not . She was the daughter of a
Scottish earl who had ruined himself again and again . He had been an inventor ,
a projector , and my mother had been a poor beauty , brought up on the farm we
... beside the carriage of the commissioner and the judge of the Marine Court sent
by the Havana authorities to deliver the pirates . It was after that , that in Ramon's
dusky store , I had my first sight of Seraphina and of her father , and then came ...
We entered quietly , and after a moment she looked up candidly into my eyes ,
and placed her finger on her lips , motioning her head towards her father . She
placed her hand in mine , and whispered very clearly : " Be welcome , my English
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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