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In his early years, long before he got so becomingly bald on the top, he went to
present a letter of introduction to Mr. Tesman of Tesman Brothers, a Sourabaya
firm— tip-top house. Well, Mr. Tesman was a kindly, benevolent old gentleman.
"Why, in Sourabaya— where else?" The Tesmans had their principal counting-
house in Sourabaya. There had long existed a connection between Heyst and
the Tesmans. The incongruity of a hermit having agents did not strike us, nor yet
Solitude, shade, and gloomy silence— and a faint, treacherous breeze which
came from under the trees and quite unexpectedly caused the melting Davidson
to shiver slightly— the little shiver of the tropics which in Sourabaya, especially, ...
"I never knew him even as that— not till this time, when you were so obliging as
to take me to Sourabaya. I went to stay there from economy. The Netherlands
House is very expensive, and they expect you to bring your own servant with you.
... up there till it was time to go on board another steamer. She could not
remember the names she heard. "How do you call this place again?" she used to
ask Heyst. "Sourabaya," he would say distinctly, and would watch the
discouragement at ...
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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