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.
The neighbors round declared that the Lady Mary Kemp's farm was a hotbed of
disorder . I expect it was , too ; three of our men were hung up at Canterbury on
one day for horse - stealing and arson . Anyhow , that was my mother . As for me ,
I had an intense longing to go with him out into the great world that brooded all
round our foot - hills . You are to remember that I knew nothing whatever of that
great world . I had never been further away from our farm than just to Canterbury
But for Ralph's fear for his neck , which had increased in value since its devotion
to Veronica , he would have squired his cousin . As it was , he fluttered round the
idea of letting me take his place . Finally he settled it ; and I embarked on a long ...
At the steep of the hill the men and horses came into sight against the white sky ,
a confused crowd of ominous things . “ Turn that lanthorn off'n me , ” the
horseman said . “ Don't you see you frighten my horse ? Now , boys , get round
Blindfold ' em , lads , " he cried , and turned me sharply round . " 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 ...
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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