The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Some Reminiscences by Joseph Conrad:|
hastening to embark. Too sleepy to be talkative they step on
board in silence. But a few low grunts and an enormous yawn are
heard. Somebody even ejaculates: "Ah! Coquin de sort!" and
sighs wearily at his hard fate.
The patron of the Third Company (there were five companies of
pilots at that time, I believe) is the brother-in-law of my
friend Solary (Baptistin), a broad-shouldered, deep-chested man
of forty, with a keen, frank glance which always seeks your eyes.
He greets me by a low, hearty, "He, l'ami. Comment va?" With
his clipped moustache and massive open face, energetic and at the
same time placid in expression, he is a fine specimen of the