Chance: A Tale in Two Parts

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NOTE ON THE TEXT

CHANCE first appeared as a weekly serial in the New York Herald from 21 January to 30 June 1912. The book version of the novel following serialization was published by Methuen on 15 January 1914, and contained relatively few additions to the serial (mainly increased detail in the final chapter), but there are many deletions from it. Indeed, a total equivalent to more than 13 per cent of the book version exists only in the serial, and such alterations have been excellently analysed by Robert Siegle (see Bibliography). Some of the changes are minor, affecting the names of places and companies, while Captain Harold Roderick becomes Roderick Anthony. In the novel, de Barral is made less comic and ridiculous, the governess is presented less melodramatically, and Powell becomes more mature. The serial places more emphasis on Flora's attractiveness and Anthony's response to such beauty. Marlow's distaste in the novel for Mrs Fyne's feminism is not so vehemently expressed as it was in the serial, which also contains more of his cynical and pessimistic observations. Such alterations support Frederick Karl's view that Conrad performed extensive rewriting of the novel's galleys shortly after completion of the serial publication.

This edition of Chance is based on the Dent Collected Edition of 1949, which in turn was reprinted from the Dent Uniform Edition ( 1923). Dent 1949 is substantially similar (except for punctuation) to the Heinemann edition of 1921, the last edition to have been corrected by Conrad. The Heinemann edition made some fifty deletions from the Methuen 1914 first edition. Many of these deletions are

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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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