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There was a coal-mine there, with an outcrop in the hillside less than five
hundred yards from the rickety wharf and the imposing blackboard. The
company's object had been to get hold of all the outcrops on tropical islands and
exploit them ...
The company is gone, the engineers are gone, the clerks are gone, the coolies
are gone, everything's gone; but there he sticks. Captain Davidson, coming by
from the westward, saw him with his own eyes. Something white on the wharf; so
Then, while steaming across the slight indentation which for a time was known
officially as Black Diamond Bay, he made out with his glass the white figure on
the coaling-wharf. It could be no one but Heyst. "I thought for certain he wanted to
Thus dismissed, Davidson went on board his ship, swung her out, and as he was
steaming away he watched from the bridge Heyst walking shoreward along the
wharf. He marched into the long grass and vanished— all but the top of his white
... end of the wharf, added to the general desolation. Thus the sensitive Davidson.
The girl must have been miserable indeed to follow a strange man to such a spot.
Heyst had, no doubt, told her the truth. He was a gentle- nan. But no words ...
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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