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He paced there to and fro for a long time, a calm, meditative ghost in his white
drill suit, revolving in his head thoughts absolutely novel, disquieting, and
seductive; accustoming his mind to the contemplation of his purpose, in order that
no shirking necessity, either. No gentleman ever shirks. What I learn I don't forget.
Why! We gambled on the plains, with a damn lot of cattlemen in ranches; played
fair, mind—and then had to fight for our winnings afterwards as often as not.
I don't know how many minds he convinced. But my mind was very young then,
and youth I suppose can be easily seduced —even by a negation. He was very
ruthless, and yet he was not without pity. He dominated me without difficulty.
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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