|viiiA critic: Robert Lynd, in a review of Chance in the Daily News (15 January 1914), remarked that 'if Mr. Conrad had chosen to introduce us to his characters in the ordinary way, he could have told us their story in about 200 pages instead of the 406 pages of the present book'.|
|4 Examiner: masters and officers of ships were obliged to hold
certificates of competency issued after passing a Board of
the Queen: Victoria ( 1837-1901).
|5 Marine Board: the regulatory body governing shipping and
seamen was the Board of Trade, which acted through Local
Tower Hill: the name of the high ground behind the Tower of London, and the site of Conrad's own examination for Second Mate on 1 June 1880, as described in A Personal Record, pp. 112-14.
the Gardens: Tower Gardens are the public gardens between the Tower of London and Tower Hill.
the Mint: on Tower Hill, where the currency until recently was coined.