Chance: A Tale in Two Parts

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CHAPTER THREE
DEVOTED SERVANTS--AND THE LIGHT OF A FLARE

"YOUNG Powell thought to himself: 'The men, too, are noticing it.' Indeed, the captain's behaviour to his wife and to his wife's father was noticeable enough. It was as if they had been a pair of not very congenial passengers. But perhaps it was not always like that. The captain might have been put out by something.

"When the aggrieved Franklin came on deck Mr. Powell made a remark to that effect. For his curiosity was aroused.

"The mate grumbled 'Seems to you? . . . Put out? . . . eh?' He buttoned his thick jacket up to the throat, and only then added a gloomy 'Aye, likely enough,' which discouraged further conversation. But no encouragement would have induced the newly joined second mate to enter the way of confidences. His was an instinctive prudence. Powell did not know why it was he had resolved to keep his own counsel as to his colloquy with Mr. Smith. But his curiosity did not slumber. Some time afterwards, again at the relief of watches, in the course of a little talk, he mentioned Mrs. Anthony's father quite casually, and tried. to find out from the mate who he was.

"It would take a clever man to find that out, as things are on board now,' Mr. Franklin said, unexpectedly communicative. 'The first I saw of him was when she brought him alongside in a four-wheeler one morning about haft-past eleven. The captain had come on

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Chance: A Tale in Two Parts
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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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