The Lagoon and Other Stories

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EXPLANATORY NOTES

'The Idiots'
3 Treguier to Kervanda . . . Ploumar: the place-names and geo-
graphy of the story are suggested by the peninsula to the
north-west of Lannion in the département of Côtes du Nord
(Brittany, north-west France), the region where the Conrads
honeymooned. There is a town called Tréguier, but it is more
than thirty miles from l'île Grande, where the Conrads were
staying. Conrad possibly had in mind the road from Trébeurden
to Trégastel. A second road crosses it, going westward to l'île
Grande, where the story reaches its climax, and eastward to
Pleumeur-Bodou, the original of Ploumar. Kervanda is uniden-
tified, but there are several villages in the area beginning with
'Ker' (like 'Tre' and 'Plou', a common initial syllable among
Breton place-names). The originals for the children of the title
were to be seen on the road from Lannion to Pleumeur-Bodou.
6biniou: Breton bagpipe.
7republican: the events of this story take place in the early
1880s. Following the national disaster of the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-1, the French political world was dominated
by republicans, who tended to be left of centre and intent on
reducing the power of the Church, and royalists, ultra-
conservatives who hoped to see the restoration of the French
monarchy.
8tallow candle: candle made from animal fat.
sabots: wooden clogs.
10Parisian toilette: fashionable clothes from Paris.
marquise: wife of the Marquis (a peer between duke and count).
royalist: see note to p. 7.
ma chère amie: (Fr.) my beloved; literally, my dear friend.
Chamber: the Chamber of Deputies. The lower house of the
French National Assembly.
Channel Islands: these British-owned islands are less than
seventy-five miles from the region where the action of the story
is laid.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS vi
  • Introduction vii
  • NOTE ON THE TEXTS xxiv
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xxix
  • A CHRONOLOGY OF JOSEPH CONRAD xxxii
  • The Idiots 3
  • The Lagoon 27
  • To-Morrow 41
  • An Anarchist 69
  • The Informer 91
  • Il Conde 137
  • Prince Roman 154
  • The Inn of the Two Witches A Find 176
  • Laughing Anne 203
  • The Warrior's Soul 231
  • The Tale 252
  • EXPLANATORY NOTES 270
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