The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

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Synopsis

This new edition of Conrad's compelling tale of espionage and terrorism set in Edwardian London is based on a painstaking comparison of the original manuscript of the work with its first, truncated appearance, and with all subsequent book form publications overseen by Conrad himself. The result is this new text, purged of printers' errors and editorial interventions. Included are a critical introduction, an essay on the text itself, a textual apparatus, and helpul explanatory notes.

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Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brotherin-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law.

The shop was small, and so was the house. It was one of those grimy brick houses which existed in large quantities before the era of reconstruction dawned upon London. The shop was a square box of a place, with the front glazed in small panes. In the daytime the door remained closed; in the evening it stood discreetly but suspiciously ajar.

The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked twoand-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles . . .

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