Chance: A Tale in Two Parts

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CHANCE

CHAPTER ONE
YOUNG POWELL AND HIS CHANCE

I BELIEVE he had seen us out of the window coming off to dine in the dinghy of a fourteen-ton yawl belonging to Marlow my host and skipper. We helped the boy we had with us to haul the boat up on the landing-stage before we went up to the river-side inn, where we found our new acquaintance eating his dinner in dignified loneliness at the head of a long table, white and inhospitable like a snow bank.

The red tint of his clear-cut face with trim short black whiskers under a cap of curly iron-grey hair was the only warm spot in the dinginess of that room cooled by the cheerless tablecloth. We knew him already by sight as the owner of a little five-ton cutter, which he sailed alone apparently, a fellow-yachtsman in the unpretending band of fanatics who cruise at the mouth of the Thames. But the first time he addressed the waiter sharply as "steward" we knew him at once for a sailor as well as a yachtsman.

Presently he had occasion to reprove that same waiter for the slovenly manner in which the dinner was served. He did it with considerable energy and then turned to us.

"If we at sea," he declared, "went about our work as people ashore high and low go about theirs we should

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  • 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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