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II It was about this time that Heyst became associated with Morrison on terms
about which people were in doubt. Some said he was a partner, others said he
was a sort of paying guest, but the real truth of the matter was more complex. One
I don't know if Morrison thought so, but the villagers had no doubt whatever about
it. Whenever a coast village sighted the brig it would begin to beat all its gongs
and hoist all its streamers, and all its girls would put flowers in their hair and the ...
This meant ruin for Morrison; and when Heyst hailed him across the street in his
usual courtly tone, the week was nearly out. Heyst crossed over, and said with a
slight bow, and in the manner of a prince addressing another prince on a private
Polite attention, what's due from one gentleman listening to another, was what he
showed; and, as usual, it was catching; so that Morrison pulled himself together
and finished his narrative in a conversational tone, with a man-of-the-world air.
"You are a believer, Morrison?" asked Heyst with a distinct note of respect. "
Surely I am not an infidel." Morrison was swiftly reproachful in his answer, and
there came a pause, Morrison perhaps interrogating his conscience, and Heyst ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cecrow - www.librarything.com
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