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One was inclined to think of her as an It—an automaton, a very plain dummy, with
an arrangement for bowing the head at times and smiling stupidly now and then.
Davidson viewed her profile with a flattened nose, a hollow cheek, and one ...
“Get away now,” he said rapidly, “and try to smile as you go.” She obeyed with
unexpected readiness; and as she had a set of very good white teeth, the effect of
the mechanical, ordered smile was joyous, radiant. It astonished Heyst.
same, and expected the question to be put to him now; but after a moment of
hesitation she went on: - “Why was it that you told me to smile this evening in the
concert-room there—you remember?” “I thought we were being observed. A
smile is ...
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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
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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