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Out there he was by profession a hotel-keeper, first in Bangkok, then somewhere
else, and ultimately in Soura- baya. He dragged after him up and down that
section of the tropical belt a silent, frightened little woman with long ringlets, who
... affection of a self-appointed protector towards Heyst. The answer he got was: "
Can't tell. It's none of my business," accompanied by majestic oscillations of the
hotel-keeper's head, hinting at some awful mystery. Davidson was placidity itself.
The Chinaman approached, and after referring him to the white man by a nod the
hotel-keeper departed, muttering to himself. Davidson heard him gnash his teeth
as he went. Davidson sat alone with the billiard-tables as if there had been not ...
"Make inquiries of the devil!" replied Schomberg in a hoarse mutter. Davidson's
purpose in addressing the hotel-keeper had been mainly to make Mrs.
Schomberg safe from suspicion; but he would fain have heard something more of
Joseph Conrad. "It's unreasonable to get so angry as that. Even if he had run off
with your cash-box — " The big hotel-keeper bent down and put his infuriated
face close to Davidson's. "My cash-box! My— he— look here, Captain Davidson!
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cecrow - www.librarything.com
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