Sunday, October 17, 2010

From the Bin: Conrad on the Market

Wonder what prompted me to file this one away:
The only real feeling was a desire to get appointed to a trading-post where ivory was to be had, so that they could earn percentages. They intrigued and slandered and hated each other only on that account -- but as to effectually lifting a little finger -- oh, no ... Their talk ... was reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage; there was not an atom of foresight or of serious intention in the whole batch of them, and they did not seem aware that these things are wanted for the work of the world.
--Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

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