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I don't mean the courage of self-assertion, eithei moral or physical, but the mere
way of it, the trick of the thing, the readiness of mind and the turn of the hand that
come without reflection and lead the man to excellence in life, in art, in crime, ...
The shape of her dark head inclined over the violin was fascinating, and, while
resting between the pieces of that interminable programme she was, in her white
dress and with her brown hands reposing in her lap, the very image of dreamy ...
And even Heyst could hardly keep incredulity out of his politely modulated voice
as he asked if it was a fact that Morrison had not that amount in hand. Morrison
hadn't. He had only a little English gold, a few sovereigns, on board. He had left
So, instead of going on his knees, as he felt inclined to do, Morrison stretched out
his hand, which Heyst grasped with formal alacrity and a polite murmur in which "
Trifle— delighted— of service," could be just distinguished. "Miracles do ...
He plunged his hand into his pocket for the famous notebook so well known in
the islands, the fetish of his hopes, and fluttered the pages feverishly. "And yet—
look," he went on. "There it is— more than five thousand dollars owing.
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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