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The mature, bad-tempered woman at the piano might have been her mother,
though there was not the slightest resemblance between them. All I am certain of
in their personal relation to each other is that cruel pinch on the upper part of the
I believe in children praying— well, women, too, but I rather think God expects
men to be more self-reliant. I don't hold with a man everlastingly bothering the
Almighty with his silly troubles. It seems such cheek. Anyhow, this morning I— I
He dragged after him up and down that section of the tropical belt a silent,
frightened little woman with long ringlets, who smiled at one stupidly, showing a
blue tooth. I don't know why so many of us patronised his various establishments.
While he was staring at the poster, a door somewhere at his back opened, and a
woman came in who was looked upon as Schomberg's wife, no doubt with truth.
As somebody remarked cynically once, she was too unattractive to be anything ...
"Poor devil!" said Davidson. "I suppose these women are not much better than
slaves really. Was that fellow with the dyed beard decent in his way?" The
mechanism remained silent. The sympathetic soul of Davidson drew its own
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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