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Joseph Conrad

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e talked to her he looked with a steadier and more intelligent glance. A handsome, hale, upright, capable man, with a white beard. You did not think of his age. His son, he affirmed, had resembled him amazingly from his earliest babyhood.

Harry would be one-and-thirty next July, he declared. Proper age to get married with a nice, sensible girl that could appreciate a good home. He was a very high-spirited boy. High-spirited husbands were the easiest to manage. These mean, soft chaps, that you would think butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, were the ones to make a woman thoroughly miserable. And there was nothing like a home—a fireside—a good roof: no turning out of your warm bed in all sorts of weather. "Eh, my dear?"

Captain Hagberd had been one of those sailors that pursue their calling within sight of land. One of the many children of a bankrupt farmer, he had been apprenticed hurriedly to a coasting skipper, and had remained on the . . . Read More

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He rebelled against her authority in his great joy of having got rid at last of that 'something wrong'. It was as if all the hopeful madness of the world had broken out to bring terror upon her heart, with the voice of that old man shouting of his trust in an everlasting to-morrow.

يبدو أنه يأساً وليس أملاً.. يظل المرء للأبد ينتظر الغد.....more

La struggente storia di un'illusione creatasi dal nulla per celar la verità a un cuore incapace di sopportarla. Una toccante costruzione ad arte di una vita che, per seguitar ad andare avanti, ha scelto di rinnegare l'amarezza della verità per condiscender alla dolcezza della speranza...more


For all one could tell, he had recovered already from the disease of hope; and only Miss Bessie Carvil knew that he had said nothing about his son’s return because with him it was no longer ‘next week’, ‘next month,’ or even ‘next year.’ It was ‘to-morrow.’

Hope is a disease or cure? Cure of hopeless

I'll review this novella to-morrow!

“The ground was so much dug up all over, that as the season advanced it turned to a quagmire.”

Meet Captain Hagberd, who has settled down ”in the little seaport of Colebrook”, where he bought himself two small houses, one for himself and one to let, spending his time preparing a home for his long-los

I love delusional characters. Edgar Allan Poe writes the best ones, but Conrad’s attempt isn’t half bad. His character has created a fictional hope, a false hope; it’s the only way he can get through life. Captain Hagbeard- great name by the way- lost his son at sea, though he keeps telling himself

This was such an unexpectedly gorgeous short story from the
Heart of Darkness

Focusing on an old sailor desperate to find his missing son, we see his preparations and plans for his ultimate return, with the old sailor always claiming this will happen “to-morrow”. This is a seemingly delus

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