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I never saw him again because I believe he went straight on board a mail-boat
which left within the hour for other ports of call in the direction of Aspinall. Mr.
Jones's characteristic insolence belongs to another man of a quite different type.
We were more puzzled than dazzled, it is true; but even the most sober-minded
among us began to think that there was something in it. The Tesmans appointed
agents, a contract for government mail-boats secured, the era of steam beginning
... the coolies are gone, everything's gone; but there he sticks. Captain Davidson,
coming by from the westward, saw him with his own eyes. Something white on
the wharf; so he steamed in and went ashore in a small boat. Heyst, right enough.
However, I lowered a boat. I could not see another living being anywhere. Yes.
He had a book in his hand. He looked exactly as we have always seen him—
very neat, white shoes, cork helmet. He explained to me that he had always had
Davidson didn't like to take his steamer alongside— for fear of being indiscreet, I
suppose; but he steered close inshore, stopped his engines, and lowered a boat.
He went himself in that boat, which was manned, of course, by his Malay ...
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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