The Planter of Malata
The Inn of the Two Witches
Because of the Dollars
t so white in the light of the window, and remembered the black rays of her steady eyes passing off his face when she turned away. He remembered all this visually, and it was not exactly pleasurable. It was rather startling like the discovery of a new faculty in himself. There are faculties one would rather do without--such, for instance, as seeing through a stone wall or remembering a person with this uncanny vividness. And what about those two people belonging to her with their air of expectant solicitude! Really, those figures from home got in front of one. In fact, their persistence in getting between him and the solid forms of the everyday material world had driven Renouard to call on his friend at the office. He hoped that a little common, gossipy information would lay the ghost of that unexpected dinner-party. Of course the proper person to go to would have been young Dunster, but, he couldn't stand Willie Dunster--not at any price.
In the pause the Editor had changed his attitude, faced his des
Four short stories by Joseph Conrad. Nothing profound like Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim, but well-written (almost over-written by modern tastes) and engaging. The first is about love lost--twice, maybe three times. The Partner is set in English seas (strange for Conrad,) and deals with honest and dishonest men. The third, a kind of ghost story set in Spain, and the last a tale of a good man and some very bad ones in the Far East.
When you get tired of misspelled, trite, poorly plotted and edited writing, give these stories a try. Conrad knew how to write.