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His nearest neighbour— I am speaking now of things showing some sort of
animation— was an indolent volcano which smoked faintly all day with its head
just above the northern horizon, and at night levelled at him, from amongst the
There's a volcano in full blast near that island— enough to guide almost a blind
man. What more do you want? An active volcano to steer by!" These last words
he roared out exultingly, then jumped up and glared. The door to the left of the
He's a good- natured, lazy fellow of a volcano." "I saw a mountain smoking like
that before," she said, staring at the slender stem of a tree-fern some dozen feet
in front of her. "It wasn't very long after we left England —some few days, though.
Heyst's eyes swept all over the offing till they met, far off, the dark cone of the
volcano, with its faint plume of smoke broadening and vanishing everlastingly at
the top, without altering its shape in the glowing transparency of the evening.
Mr. Jones began to explain languidly to Heyst that they were in a pretty bad state
that morning, when they caught sight of the smoke of the volcano. It nerved them
to make an effort for their lives. Soon afterwards they made out the island.
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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