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It was unearthly

30 September 2012

It was unearthly, and the men were—No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—the suspicion of their not being inhuman. It would come slowly to one. They howled and leaped, and spun, and made horrid faces; but what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. Yes, it was ugly enough; but if you were man enough you would admit to yourself that there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend. And why not?

Joseph Conrad


4 Comments to “It was unearthly”

  1. Powerful. Alittle chilling. Great writing.

  2. So, he’s talking about some nightclub or rock concert, yes? 🙂

  3. From the Norton Anthology of English Literature:

    “He was also a great master of English prose, an astonishing fact given that English was his third language, after Polish and French; that he was twenty-one before he learned English; and that to the end of his life he spoke English with a strong foreign accent.”

    Paragraphs like the above are the reason Conrad is my idol.

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