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Behind this minute instance of life's hazards Heyst sees the power of blind
destiny. Besides, Heyst in his fine detachment had lost the habit of asserting
himself. I don't mean the courage of self-assertion, eithei moral or physical, but
the mere ...
And I suppose those two considerations, the practical and the mystical, prevented
Heyst— Axel Heyst— from going away. The Tropical Belt Coal Company went
into liquidation. The world of finance is a mysterious world in which, incredible as
Axel Heyst, perched on it immovably, was surrounded, instead of the
imponderable stormy and transparent ocean of air merging into infinity, by a tepid
, shallow sea; a passionless off-shoot of the great waters which embrace the
continents of ...
He was not a traveller. A traveller arrives and departs, goes on somewhere.
Heyst did not depart. I met a man once— the manager of the branch of the
Oriental Banking Corporation in Malacca— to whom Heyst exclaimed, in no
connection with ...
on, and after receiving Heyst's thanks— you know the usual kind of conversation
— he proceeded to query in a slow, paternal tone: "Are you interested in — ?" "
Facts," broke in Heyst in his courtly voice. There's nothing worth knowing but facts
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Conrad managed to develop characters, imperfect, that all drove themselves forward on their own agendas to the story's conclusion- facilitating and enabling it along the way. He manages to keep the ... Read full review
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In the first part we get an outsider's view of Axel Heyst's character, actions and motives without being certain who he is or what actually drives him. I found this off-putting until the second part ... Read full review