By Joseph Conrad
Written in 1915, The Shadow-Line relies upon occasions and studies from twenty-seven years previous to which Conrad again obsessively in his fiction. a tender sea captain's first command brings with it a succession of crises: his sea is becalmed, the staff laid low through fever, and his deranged first mate is confident that the send is haunted by way of the malignant spirit of a prior captain.
this can be certainly a piece filled with "sudden passions," during which Conrad is ready to exhibit how the complete depth of lifestyles will be skilled by way of the fellow who, within the phrases of the older Captain Giles, is ready to "stand as much as his undesirable success, to his errors, to his conscience." A refined and penetrating research of the character of manhood, The Shadow-Line investigates different types of masculinity and wish in a subtext that counters the tale's probably traditional floor.
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For more than a year after he believed that all long hair was like that--detachable. One night he couldn't sleep: he followed that clandestine track of his childhood the opposite way in search of water. The servants' stairs creaked under his tread, but unlike his footsteps on the way to Brinac they meant nothing: they were new hieroglyphics nobody had learned to read. On the floor below was his own old room: nobody slept in it now, perhaps because it bore too clearly the marks of his occupancy.
The Mangeots," she said, "don't run to servants. Anyway I want to walk about a bit. " She went away and came back holding the glass. As she stood there in the rough dressing-gown holding the glass out to him he instinctively recognized the meaning of her action. She had told him all about her hate and now she wanted to indicate by a small gesture of service that she had other capacities. She could be a friend, she seemed to indicate, and she could be gentle. That night, lying in bed, he felt a different quality in his despair.
I'm of the Resistance," Roche replied. " "The war's over for us, isn't it? " "Don't you believe it. It's just beginning down here. You'd better show me your papers," he said to Charlot. " "Show them to him," Therese Mangeot said. Roche had to drop the reins to take them and the pony, released, moved a little way down the road. Suddenly he looked odd and powerless like a boy who has been left in charge of a horse he can't control. "Here," he said, "take them back," and snatched the reins. "I'll hold the pony for you if you like," Charlot offered with studied insulting kindness.
The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad