By Joseph Conrad
Combining the main widely-read and studied of Conrad's novels, middle of Darkness and the key Agent, with The Shadow Line, this quantity represents Conrad's early, heart and later writing. With an intensive creation, explanatory notes, a chronology of Conrad's existence and a word list of nautical phrases, this can be a useful variation for college kids.
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He became very cool and collected all at once. 'I am not such a fool as I look, quoth Plato to his disciples,' he said sententiously, emptied his glass with great resolution, and we rose. "The old doctor felt my pulse, evidently thinking of something else the while. 'Good, good for there,' he mumbled, and then with a certain eagerness asked me whether I would let him measure my head. Rather surprised, I said Yes, when he produced a thing like calipers and got the dimensions back and front and every way, taking notes carefully.
Brought from all the recesses of the coast in all the legality of time contracts, lost in uncongenial surroundings, fed on unfamiliar food, they sickened, became inefficient, and were then allowed to crawl away and rest. These moribund shapes were free as air- and nearly as thin. I began to distinguish the gleam of the eyes under the trees. Then, glancing down, I saw a face near my hand. The black bones reclined at full length with one shoulder against the tree, and slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly.
Pardon my questions, but you are the first Englishman coming under my observations ... ' I hastened to assure him I was not in the least typical. ' 'What you say is rather profound, and probably erroneous,' he said, with a laugh. 'Avoid irritation more than exposure to the sun. Adieu. How do you English say, eh? Good-bye. Ah! Good-bye. Adieu. ' ... He lifted a warning forefinger.... 'Du calme, du calme. ' "One thing more remained to do- say good-bye to my excellent aunt. I found her triumphant.