Thursday, 14 July 2005

Thereafter he mooned about the Java Sea in some trading schooners, and then vanished, on board an Arab ship, in the direction of New Guinea...He remained so long in that outlying part of his enchanted circle that he was nearly forgotten before he swam into view again in a native proa, a portfolio of sketches under his arm. He showed these willingly, but was very reserved as to anything else. He had had an "amusing time", he said. A man who will go to New Guinea for fun - well!

(Conrad; "Victory: an island tale")

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