Chance: A Tale in Two Parts

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A CHRONOLOGY OF JOSEPH CONRAD
1857 3 December: born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski,
of Polish parents in the Ukraine.
1861 His father, poet and translator, Apollo Korzeniowski,
arrested for patriotic conspiracy.
1862 Conrad's parents exiled to Vologda, Russia; their son,
accompanies them.
1865 Death of his mother.
1869 Death of Apollo Korzeniowski in Kraków; Conrad
becomes the ward of his uncle, Tadeusz Bobrowski.
1874 Leaves Poland for Marseille to become a trainee
seaman with the French merchant navy.
1876 As a 'steward' on the Saint-Antoine, becomes ac-
quainted with Dominic Cervoni (who appears in The
Mirror of the Sea
, A Personal Record and The Arrow of
Gold
, and who is a source for Nostromo and for Peyrol
in The Rover).
1877 Possibly involved in smuggling arms from Marseille to
the 'Carlists' (Spanish royalists).
1878 March: shoots himself in the chest but is not seriously
injured; as a direct result of this suicide attempt his
uncle clears his debts. April: joins his first British ship,
the Mavis, and later in the year joins the Skimmer of
the Sea
.
1886 August: becomes a British citizen. (Formerly, as a
Russian citizen and the son of a convict, Conrad was
liable for Russian military service.) November: passes
the examination for a Master's certificate.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xx
  • Select Bibliography xxiii
  • A Chronology of Joseph Conrad xxv
  • Title Page xxix
  • Author's Note xxxi
  • Contents xxxv
  • Part I the Damsel 1
  • Chapter One - Young Powell and His Chance 3
  • Chapter Two - the Fynes and the Girl-Friend 35
  • Chapter Three - Thrift--And the Child 67
  • Chapter Four - the Governess 96
  • Chapter Five - the Tea-Party 134
  • Chapter Six - Flora 163
  • Chapter Seven - on the Pavement 196
  • Part Ii the Knight 255
  • Chapter One - the Ferndale 257
  • Chapter Two - Young Powell Sees and Hears 272
  • Chapter Three - Devoted Servants--And the Light of a Flare 296
  • Chapter Four - Anthony and Flora 325
  • Chapter Five - the Great De Barral 349
  • Chapter Six - . . . a Moonless Night, Thick with Stars Above, Very Dark on the Water* 402
  • Appendix A 448
  • Appendix B 452
  • Explanatory Notes 457
  • Glossary of Nautical Terms 469
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