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Our invasion must have displeased him because he got off the chairs brusquely
and walked out leaving with me an indelibly weird impression of his thin shanks.
One of the men with me said that the fellow was the most desperate gambler ...
me said that the fellow was the most desperate gambler he had ever come
across. I said: "A professional sharper?" and got for answer: "He's a terror; but I
must say that up to a certain point he will play fair. . . ."I wonder what the point
"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,
... guard had been removed, Morrison— who, besides being a gentleman, was
also an honest fellow— began to talk about repayment. He knew very well his
inability to lay by any sum of money. It was partly the fault of circumstances and
As a matter of fact, many of us did not hear of this death till months afterward—
from Schomberg, who disliked Heyst gratuitously and made up a piece of sinister
whispered gossip: "That's what comes of having anything to do with that fellow.
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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