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" In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile would give... "
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Page 172
1899
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Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of ...

Michael Adas - Science - 1990 - 430 pages
...carries Marlowe to Africa makes its way along the coast, he sees a French man-of-war "shelling the bush": "In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water,...firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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Technique In Fiction, Second Edition: Revised and Updated for a New Generation

Robie Macauley, George Lanning - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1990 - 270 pages
...was shelling the coast. It appears that the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts. ... In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent.2 It is, of course, a symbolic image of futility: Europe with her puny technology trying...
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Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism

Marianne DeKoven, Professor Marianne Dekoven - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 248 pages
...The ship's "ensign dropped limp like a rag," and her "thin masts" swayed on the "greasy, slimy swell there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change: A Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism

Mark Bracher - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 204 pages
...One instance of this folly is seen in the image of the French man-of-war firing on the African coast: "There she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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Go Down, Moses

Nancy Dew Taylor, William Faulkner - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 268 pages
...ship moves down the African coast, especially when they encounter a man-of-war "shelling the bush": "In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water,...she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. ... In a few days the Eldorado Expedition went into the patient wilderness, that closed upon it as...
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Heart of Darkness and Other Stories

Joseph Conrad - Fiction - 1995 - 219 pages
...their wars going on thereabouts. Her ensign dropped limp like a rag; the muzzles of the long six-inch guns stuck out all over the low hull; the greasy,...firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion

Jonathan S. Adams, Thomas O. McShane - Nature - 1996 - 282 pages
...anchored off the coast. "There wasn't even a shed there, and she was shelling the bush," Marlowe says. In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there...firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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One of Us: The Mastery of Joseph Conrad

Geoffrey Galt Harpham - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 211 pages
...of their wars going on thereabouts," Marlow comments about a French gunboat off the coast of Africa; "In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water,...she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent" (HD 17). He also, however, notes the more effective forms of imperial violence, cruelty, corruption,...
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Solitude Versus Solidarity in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Political and ...

Ursula Lord - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 358 pages
...would turn up to scare it away. Once, I remember, we came upon a man-of-war anchored off the coast ... In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there...she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent ... Nothing could happen. There was a touch of insanity in the proceeding, a sense of lugubrious drollery...
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Dragonwars: Armed Struggle and the Conventions of Modern War

J. Bowyer Bell - Technology & Engineering - 455 pages
...man-of-war anchored off the coast. There wasn't even a shed there, and she was shelling the bush . . . In the empty immensity of earth, sky. and water, there...incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop would go one of the six-inch guns: a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile...
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