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FALK

BY JOSEPH CONRAD


FALK

A REMINISCENCE

Several of us, all more or less connected with the
sea, were dining in a small river-hostelry not more
than thirty miles from London, and less than twenty
from that shallow and dangerous puddle to which
our coasting men give the grandiose name of "Ger-
man Ocean."  And through the wide windows we
had a view of the Thames; an enfilading view down
the Lower Hope Reach.  But the dinner was exe-
crable, and all the feast was for the eyes.

That flavour of salt-water which for so many of
us had been the very water of life permeated our
talk.  He who hath known the bitterness of the
Ocean shall have its taste forever in his mouth.  But
one or two of us, pampered by the life of the land,
complained of hunger.  It was impossible to swal-
low any of that stuff.  And indeed there was a
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