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In later years they spent holidays in France, including two visits to Montpellier in 190&-7. To return to his youthful residence there: once he had been extricated from his financial and other troubles by his uncle Tadeusz, Conrad resolved to leave France, and the problem arose where he was to go next. To return to Poland would have made him liable for military service under the Russians, and in any case he had by this time determined to follow the profession of sailor. Conrad's World 39 According to A Personal Record he had long resolved 'if a seaman, then an English seaman'; whether or not this is true, his next move was to join a British ship and eventually to make his way to England.

He used the word again and again and one immediately thought of Lord jim - the conscience suffering at the evasion of duty. It may have been because of my meeting him late in life that Conrad gave me a feeling of defeat; but defeat met with courage. 22 A Conrad Companion He was crippled with rheumatism, crochety, nervous, and ill. He said to me, "I am finished". There was pathos in his pulling out of a drawer his last manuscript to show me that he was still at work. There was no triumph in his manner, however, and he said that he did not know whether he would ever finish it.

There are numerous references to Conrad in Bennett's journals and letters. He recognized the excellence of The Nigger of the

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