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Author: Joseph Conrad (Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,196 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 40.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,361
Added to site: 2006.12.21
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition--and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation--and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear, which binds men to each other, which binds together all humanity--the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.

It is only some such train of thought, or rather of feeling, that can in a measure explain the aim of the attempt, made in the tale which follows, to present an unrestful episode in the obscure lives of a few individuals out of all the disregarded multitude of the bewildered, the simple and the voiceless. For, if any part of truth dwells in the belief confessed

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