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This, stripped of its facts, had been Heyst's life up to that disturbing night. Next
day, when he saw the girl called Alma, she managed to give him a glance of
frank tenderness, quick as lightning, and leaving a profound impression, a secret
Mistress of herself from pride, from love, from necessity, and also because of a
woman's vanity in self-sacrifice, she met Heyst, returning from the strangers'
bunga. low, with a clear glance and a smile. The smile he managed to answer;
... and, rummaging in there, brought out a small looking-glass. He fell to
examining his physiognomy in it with silent absorption. “I think I'll shave,” he
decided, getting up. He gave a sidelong glance to the governor, and repeated it
several times ...
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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