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Thus, for the narrator, Heemskirk becomes, within the romance world he has created, a kind of devil infiltrating into the innocent existence of Jasper and Freya. Indeed, Conrad's subtitle, 'A Story of Shallow Waters', may indicate his own misgivings about a tale which depends upon a lack of moral and artistic depth. 22 Conrad: The later fiction NOTES 1. In December 1909 Conrad interrupted his work on Under Western Eyes to write 'The Secret Sharer'. Commenting on Conrad's original plan to call the story either 'The Second Self', 'The Secret Self' or 'The Other Self', Karl writes in joseph Conrad: The Three Lives (pp.
Trying to justify his own role, he speaks of how he tried to keep the lovers alert to danger. If there is one place where the narrator could have made a difference, it is when Jasper invited him to criticise his having hired Schultz as a crew member. Although Jasper's behaviour suggests a little child who knows he has behaved naughtily and wants to be told so, the narrator refused to chastise Jasper, preferring the pleasure of momentarily reversing Jasper's expectations of a scolding. (The narrator says, Jasper 'so evidently expected me to scold that I took especial pleasure in exaggerating the calmness of my attitude' [p.
The example Moser cites, Renouard in 'The Planter of Malata', is depicted as a pathological personality. (5) Conrad is a misogynist. While there is some truth to Moser's contention, it is an hyperbole that has become an accepted critical shibboleth. The major evidence for misogyny is the views of Marlow in Chance; but Marlow, although an objectification of an aspect of Conrad, is, as he had been in the previous three works in which he appears, a dramatised character. Mrs Fyne's peculiar masculinity and lesbianism derive from her compensating for an exploitive tyrannical father; her brother, Captain Anthony, compensates in equally unusual ways-namely, by his inability to respond physically to Flora's need, because of over-fastidiousness and lack of self-regard.