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Watts is evidently unaware of Well's source.  This tension between scorn and sympathy for traditional Judeo­Christian conceptions, this active agnosticism, controls Conrad's art until Under Western Eyes.  If so, what could better illustrate Jim's incomprehension of his case than his scriptural mixed metaphor?  On two other occasions he makes it mirror a deranged personality. "12 Smith­de Barral's insanity—in which he bears all and bares all—is merely the obverse of Lena's.  260.  For Conrad's, though, it is perfectly apt, an excellent conceit for madness and despair.

174).  Perhaps he deletes it because he does not want to appear to contradict his source, even if to deepen its pessimism, and thereby undermine the authority of the elder 3 Some of those changes are discussed in chapter 5 below.  450, in the Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Page 39 5 Heyst as author's voice.  182, 190, 193–94.  328.  Scripture is made to estrange us from Scripture.  But we shall see that Victory outdoes Ecclesiastes, even more blank than the Preacher about the futility of human action in the face of universal vanity.

Jean­Aubry, Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters, 1:85.  His "earth girt about with cables" ironically imitates Paul's "having your loins girt about with truth" (Eph.  And now, unlike the letter's pat allusion, Conrad manages the double vision that typifies his fictional scriptures, both following and departing from his source.  Mathews, "Ironic Symbolism in Conrad's 'Youth,' " SSF 11 (1974):118.  But his disillusionment is greater than the Preacher's, whose God of Judgment becomes Marlow's Night. '' Thus the allusion is a piece of dramatic irony, instructing us to doubt Marlow's wisdom.

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