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... in something of the jack-ashore spirit that I dropped a five-franc piece into the
sauceboat; whereupon the sleep-walker turned her head to gaze at me and said
"Merci, Monsieur," in a tone in which there was no gratitude but only surprise.
The manager— the man who heard the exclamation— had been so impressed
by the tone, fervour, rapture, what you will, or perhaps by the incongruity of it that
he had related the experience to more than one person. "Queer chap, that Swede
on, and after receiving Heyst's thanks— you know the usual kind of conversation
— he proceeded to query in a slow, paternal tone: "Are you interested in — ?" "
Facts," broke in Heyst in his courtly voice. There's nothing worth knowing but facts
This meant ruin for Morrison; and when Heyst hailed him across the street in his
usual courtly tone, the week was nearly out. Heyst crossed over, and said with a
slight bow, and in the manner of a prince addressing another prince on a private
Polite attention, what's due from one gentleman listening to another, was what he
showed; and, as usual, it was catching; so that Morrison pulled himself together
and finished his narrative in a conversational tone, with a man-of-the-world air.
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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