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The Duel (the Point Of Honor: A Military Tale) The Duel (the Point Of Honor: A Military Tale)

The Duel (the Point Of Honor: A Military Tale)
INAPOLEON I., whose career had the quality of a duel against the whole of Europe, disliked duelling between the officers of his army. The great military emperor was not a swashbuckler, and had little respect for tradition.Nevertheless, a story of duelling, which became a legend in the army, runs through the epic of imperial wars. To the surprise and admiration of their fellows, two officers, like insane artists trying to gild refined gold or paint the lily, pursued a private contest through the years of universal carnage. They were officers of cavalry, and their connection with the high-spirited but fanciful animal... Short Stories - Post by : Shawn_Mason - Date : January 2010 - Author : Joseph Conrad - Read : 1159

Il Conde Il Conde

Il Conde
A pathetic tale"Vedi Napoli e poi mori."THE first time we got into conversation was in the National Museum in Naples, in the rooms on the ground floor containing the famous collection of bronzes from Herculaneum and Pompeii: that marvellous legacy of antique art whose delicate perfection has been preserved for us by the catastrophic fury of a volcano.He addressed me first, over the celebrated Resting Hermes which we had been looking at side by side. He said the right things about that wholly admirable piece. Nothing profound. His taste was natural rather than cultivated. He had obviously seen many fine things... Short Stories - Post by : dnanev - Date : January 2010 - Author : Joseph Conrad - Read : 3203

Falk: A Reminiscence Falk: A Reminiscence

Falk: A Reminiscence
Several of us, all more or less connected with the sea, were dining in a small river-hostelry not more than thirty miles from London, and less than twenty from that shallow and dangerous puddle to which our coasting men give the grandiose name of "German Ocean." And through the wide windows we had a view of the Thames; an enfilading view down the Lower Hope Reach. But the dinner was execrable, and all the feast was for the eyes.That flavour of salt-water which for so many of us had been the very water of life permeated our talk.... Short Stories - Post by : smashface - Date : January 2010 - Author : Joseph Conrad - Read : 2339

Youth, A Narrative Youth, A Narrative

Youth, A Narrative
THIS could have occurred nowhere but in England men and sea interpenetrate, so to speak--the sea entering into the life of most men, and the men know- ing something or everything about the sea, in the way of amusement, of travel, or of bread-winning.We were sitting round a mahogany table that reflected the bottle, the claret-glasses, and our faces as we leaned on our elbows. There was a director of companies, an accountant, a lawyer, Marlow, and myself. The direc- tor had been a CONWAY boy, the accountant had served four years at sea, the lawyer--a fine crusted... Short Stories - Post by : petertaylor - Date : October 2009 - Author : Joseph Conrad - Read : 1801