But I am glad that you will see me as I am. The chief thing I shouldn’t like would be for people to imagine I want to prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything; I merely want to live, to do no one harm but myself. I have the right to do that, haven’t I?” (VI; xviii).
This book hurts.
“Moreover I respected the fellow. Yes; I respected his collars, his vest cuffs, his brushed hair. His appearance was certainly that of a hairdresser’s dummy; but in the the great demoralization of the land he kept up his appearances.That’s backbone.”
Another pretentious excerpt from Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness