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Gratis
Joseph Conrad

Youth, a Narrative

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    You fight, work, sweat, nearly kill yourself, sometimes do kill yourself, trying to accomplish something—and you can't.
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    never saw her again... Pass the bottle.
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    Then to us: ‘A sailor has no business with a wife—I say. There I was, out of the ship. Well, no harm done this time. Let’s go and look at what that fool of a steamer smashed.’
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    sixty-year-old. Just imagine that old fellow saving heroically in his arms that old woman—the woman of his life
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    floating about the dock in that mizzly cold rain for nearly an hour. I was never so surprised in my life
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    Then somebody was heard saying, ‘All clear, sir.’... ‘Are you all right?’ asked the gruff voice. I had jumped
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    fore-end of a steamer loomed up close. I shouted down the cabin, ‘Come up, quick!’ and then heard a startled voice saying afar in the dark, ‘Stop her, sir.’ A bell jingled. Another
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    took sixteen days in all to get from London to the Tyne! When
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    ‘This means another month in this beastly hole,’ said Mahon to me, as we peered with lamps about the splintered bulwarks and broken braces. ‘But where’s the captain?’
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    heavy crash as the steamer struck a glancing blow with the bluff of her bow about our fore-rigging. There
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    winches, and a lot of hailing on the pier-heads. I watched the procession of head-lights gliding high and of green lights gliding low in the night, when suddenly a red gleam
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    youth, strength, genius, thoughts, achievements, simple hearts—all dies .... No matter.
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    but I remember I preferred the soldier to the philosopher at the time; a preference which life has only confirmed
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    impressed by the weirdness of the scene, wept as if his heart would break. We could hear him blubbering somewhere in the shadows.
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    were in that vast hold, gloomy like a cavern, the tallow dips stuck and flickering on the beams, the gale howling above, the ship tossing about like mad on her side; there we all were
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    and then we got into a gale—the famous October gale of twenty-two years ago. It was wind, lightning, sleet, snow, and a terrific sea. We were flying light, and you may imagine how bad it was when I tell you we had smashed bulwarks and a flooded deck. On the
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    little then, and I know not much more now; but I cherish a hate for that Jermyn to this day.
    “We were a week working
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    Bankok. Bankok! I thrilled. I had been six years at sea, but had only seen Melbourne and Sydney, very good places, charming places in their way—but Bankok!
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    remember it took my fancy immensely. There was a touch of romance in it, something that made me love the old thing—something that appealed to my youth!
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    had been laid up in Shadwell basin for ever so long. You may imagine her state. She was all rust, dust, grime—soot aloft, dirt on deck. To me it was like coming out of a palace into a ruined cottage. She was about 400 tons, had a primitive windlass, wooden latches to the doors, not a bit of brass about her, and a big square stern. There was on it, below her name in
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