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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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Ritual Unbound: Reading Sacrifice in Modernist Fiction

Thomas Cousineau - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 187 pages
...Europeans, he is led to moderate his moral revulsion against their cruelty by the thought that "[w] hat redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretence but an idea" (20). Marlow does not, however, clarify the distinction between an "idea" and a "sentimental pretence,"...
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Childhood and Postcolonization: Power, Education, and Contemporary Practice

Gaile Sloan Cannella, Radhika Viruru - Education - 2004 - 182 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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Pilgrimage and Literary Tradition

Philip Edwards, King Alfred Professor of English Literature Philip Edwards - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 218 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...up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to ... (pp. 50-1) When Marlow is in the last stages of his voyage up-river, in those pages in which Conrad...
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A Civilised Savagery: Britain and the New Slaveries in Africa, 1884-1926

Kevin Grant - History - 2005 - 223 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...set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to.1 This chapter is, in part, about the origins of the idea to which Conrad referred at the turn of...
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Tales of the Nation: Feminist Nationalism Or Patriotic History? : Defining ...

Lene Bull-Christiansen - Social Science - 2004 - 118 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...something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer sacrifice to... (Conrad in Said 1995: 199) The idea of eivilisation, to which the coloniser must submit...
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西洋文學術語手冊

張錯 - Literature - 2005 - 335 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...pretence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea@something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to.... 征服土地, 大致上是指從那...
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Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

Christine Froula - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 428 pages
...is "a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly," "redeem[ed]" only by "an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea —...set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to."3 Conrad's staging of the gender of this truth in his novella's last scene provides Woolf's point...
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Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives

Carola M. Kaplan, Peter Joseph Mallios, Peter Lancelot Mallios, Andrea White - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 326 pages
...us), which turns him into a passive accomplice is, after all, symptomatic of the need for a redeeming idea, "something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to ... ." (57-58). It is precisely the submission to and identification with the Symbolic Order that licenses...
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What Good Condition?: Reflections on an Australian Aboriginal Treaty 1986-2006

Peter Read, Gary Meyers, Bob Reece - Social Science - 2006 - 239 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...up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to ... a Introduction My paper is written from recent personal experience, and though there is dissatisfaction...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Joseph Conrad

John G. Peters - Literary Criticism - 2006
...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...up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to. (50-1) This seemingly contradictory statement forms one of the critical cruxes of the story. If the...
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