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The reader therefore won't be surprised to hear that one morning I was told
without any particular emotion by the padrone of the schooner that the "Rich man
" down there was dead: He had died in the night. I don't remember ever being so
It became manifest to me less than two minutes after I had set eyes on him for the
first time, and though immensely surprised of course I didn't stop to think it out. I
took the nearest short cut— through the wall. This bestial apparition and a certain
Suddenly Heyst spoke: "You understand that this was a case of odious
persecution, don't you? I became aware of it and — " It was a view which the
sympathetic Davidson was capable of appreciating. "I am not surprised to hear it,"
he said ...
Heyst, at his table, was surprised into a sympathetic start. He glanced quickly
round. Nobody was looking towards the platform; and when his eyes swept back
there again, the girl, with the big woman treading at her heels, was coming down
They looked at each other across a little round table with a surprised, open gaze,
self-consciousness growing on them so slowly that it was a long time before they
averted their eyes; and very soon they met again, temporarily, only to rebound, ...
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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