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.
And my day before yesterday was the day on which I , at twenty - two , stood
looking at myself in the tall glass , the day on which I left my home in Kent and
went , as chance willed it , out to sea with Carlos Riego . That day my cousin
We stood in a little slanting cutting in the shadow . A watery light before the
moon's rising slanted downwards from the hilltop along the opposite bank . We
stood in utter silence . " If you stir a hair , " my captor said coolly , “ I'll squeeze the
The horse stood , drooping its head , and the man turned in his saddle . “
Runners , " he shouted , “ Bow Street runners ! Come along , come along , boys !
We'll roast ' em . Runners ! Runners ! ” The sound of heavy horses at a jolting trot
Old Rangsley reeled ahead of us swiftly , muttering , “ Three men to be set
aboard of the Thames quarter past eleven . Three men to be set aboard and in a
few minutes we stood upon the shingle beside the idle sea , that was nearly at
the full .
Afterwards , when I stood on the deck , they began laughing at old Rangsley ,
who held forth in a thunderous voice , punctuated by hiccoughs : “ They carried I
aboord - a - cop - theer lugger and sinks I in the cold , co - old sea . ” It mortified
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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