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" The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the... "
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by Joseph Conrad - 1903
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Youth: And Two Other Stories

Joseph Conrad - 1903 - 381 pages
...complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretense but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea. • — something you can set up, and bow...
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Youth: And Two Other Stories

Joseph Conrad - 1903 - 381 pages
...complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it ; not a sentimental pretense but an idea ; and an unselfish belief in the idea — something you can set up, and bow down...
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Youth: And Two Other Stories

Joseph Conrad - 1903 - 339 pages
...complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back...sentimental pretence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in/the idea — something you can set up, and bow down bfefore, and offer a sacrifice to. . . ." He...
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Black Anima

Norman Loftis - Poetry - 1973 - 116 pages
...complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it, not a sentimental belief in the idea — something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to. ......
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Joseph Conrad: The Major Phase

Jacques Berthoud, Emeritus Professor of English and Related Literature Jacques Berthoud - Literary Criticism - 1978 - 191 pages
...obviously even more in need of justification than the merchant seaman. But what justification can there be? 'What redeems it is the idea only... An idea at the...back of it; not a sentimental pretence, but an idea - something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to.' This seems to be a return...
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Conrad in the Nineteenth Century

Ian Watt - Literary Criticism - 1981 - 375 pages
...once more he has to qualify what he has said by conceding that imperial conquest can be redeemed by "An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretence...up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to." Unselfish belief in the idea, and a devotion to efficiency, constitute a rather weak and asymmetrical...
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The Realistic Imagination: English Fiction from Frankenstein to Lady Chatterly

George Levine - Literary Criticism - 1983 - 357 pages
...passage, moreover, sustains the intensity of romance by almost contradicting itself. For, says Marlow, "What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the...up and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to" (p. 51). Here again is the incompatibility between human consciousness and the evolutionary forces...
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Posts and Pasts: A Theory of Postcolonialism

Alfred J. Lopez - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 274 pages
...complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretense but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea—something you can set up, and bow down...
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Joseph Hillis Miller - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 284 pages
...conquest of the earth ... is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much," Marlow goes on to add: "What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental [ms: mouthing] pretence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea — something you can set...
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The Nineteenth-century Novel: A Critical Reader

Stephen Regan - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 573 pages
...complexion or slightly flatrer noses than ourselves, is not a pretry thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimenral prerence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea — something you can set up,...
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