The Shadow-Line


“Why was I not more surprised? Why? Here I was, invested with the command in the twinkling of an eye, not in the common course of human affairs, but more if by enchantment.

I ought to have been lost in astonishment. But I wasn’t. I was very much like people in fairy tales. Nothing ever astonishes them.

When a fully appointed gala coach is produced out of a pumpkin to take her to a ball Cinderella does not exclaim. She gets in quietly and drives away to her high fortune.”
“Human nature is, I fear, not very nice right through.”
Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line (1916)


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