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blood individual who stands behind the infinitely more familiar figure of the book I
remember as a mysterious Swede right enough. Whether he was a baron, too, I
am not so certain. He himself never laid a claim to that distinction.
"Queer chap, that Swede," was his only comment; but this is the origin of the
name "Enchanted Heyst" which some fellows fastened on our man. He also had
other names. In his early years, long before he got so becomingly bald on the top,
Had the Swede suddenly risen and hit him on the nose, he could not have been
taken more aback than when this stranger, this nondescript wanderer, said with a
little bow across the table: "Oh! If that's the case I would be very happy if you'd ...
The Swede was as much distressed as Morrison; for he understood the other's
feelings perfectly. No decent feeling was ever scorned by Heyst. But he was
incapable of outward cordiality of manner, and he felt acutely his defect.
Then, very important and confidential, his thick paw at the side of his mouth: "We
are among ourselves; well, gentlemen, all I can say is, don't you ever get mixed
up with that Swede. Don't you ever get caught in his web." Ill Human nature being
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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
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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