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... night— which were often too thick, one would think, to let a breath of air
through. There was seldom enough wind to blow a feather along. On most
evenings of the year Heyst could have sat outside with a naked candle to read
one of the ...
The very courtesy of his manner, the flavour of playfulness in the voice set him
apart. He was like a feather floating lightly in the work-a-day atmosphere which
was the breath of our nostrils. For this reason whenever this looker-on took
Her attitude was fierce and entreating at the same time —clamorous, in fact,
though her voice had hardly risen above a breath. It was clamorous enough to be
noticed. Heyst, on purpose, laughed aloud. She nearly choked with indignation at
Schomberg, breathing heavily, looked on the floor. He was really desperate. Mr.
Jones remained languidly sceptical. "Tut, tut! You have a tolerable business. You
are perfectly tame; you — " He paused, then added in a tone of disgust: "You ...
... consists in overcoming our sudden weaknesses, Schomberg displayed plenty
of that quality. At the mention of the fly, he re-enforced the severe dignity of his
attitude as one inflates a collapsing toy balloon with a great effort of breath.
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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