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I met a man once— the manager of the branch of the Oriental Banking
Corporation in Malacca— to whom Heyst exclaimed, in no connection with
anything in particular (it was in the billiard-room of the club) : "I am enchanted
with these islands!
There was at once a great transformation act: Morrison raising his diminished
head and sticking the glass in his eye to look affectionately at Heyst, a bottle
being uncorked, and so on. It was agreed that nothing should be said to any one
of this ...
somebody asked him once with shallow scorn. "Drinks! Oh, dear, no!" The
innkeeper was not mercenary. Teutonic temperament seldom is. But he put on a
sinister expression to tell us that Heyst had not paid perhaps three visits
altogether to ...
Once they become convinced you deal straight by them, their confidence
becomes unlimited. You can do no wrong. So Davidson's old Chinaman
squeaked hurriedly: "All right, all right, all right. You do what you like, captain."
And there was an ...
"I left school early," he remarked once to Davidson, on the passage. "It was in
England. A very good school. I was not a shining success there." The confessions
of Heyst. Not one of us— with the probable exception of Morrison, who was ...
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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